Consciousness in Science Fiction – Black Mirror, Blade Runner 2049, and Ex Machina | Waking Cosmos

I explore the theme of consciousness in science fiction, and some of the possibilities of conscious artificial minds (AI). I also explore the theme of “consciousness blindness.”
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The purpose of this video is education / academic analysis, and use of all footage and audio materials fall within Fair Use / Fair Dealing guidelines.

Footage used from~

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Altered Carbon (2018)
Annihilation (2018)
Arrival (2016)
Avatar (2009)
Black Mirror (White Christmas, Season 2, Episode 1, 2014)
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Chappie (2015)
Contact (1997)
Ex Machina (2015)
Her (2014)
Maniac (2018)
Transcendence (2014)
Westworld (2016)
2001 Space Odyssey (1968)

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  1. Intriguing stuff. Organismic universe…hope you're aware of Robert Lanza's excellent easy to read book Beyond Biocentrism . Another highly respected holistic thinking scientist.

  2. I enjoyed the original video and love this reimagined version. And great references to some fantastic content. Think I'm going to go back and watch some more sci-fi! Thank you Adrian!

  3. Today I’m releasing a video that may look familiar to some of you. It’s a reimagined version of a video I made several months ago exploring consciousness in science fiction. When I released the earlier version of this, it never quite felt fully realized, and I agonized about a few of my choices with it. Well, I’ve eventually given in and remade it. Hopefully you find it interesting!

    I have a few guest announcements for the podcast. These are-

    Rupert Sheldrake
    A biologist known for this theory of Morphic Resonance, and his research on the extended nature of minds (psi).

    Philip Goff
    A philosopher of mind, known for his ideas around panpsychism and the fundamental nature of consciousness.

    Dean Radin
    IONS chief scientist, known for his work in the field of parapsychology and anomalies research.

    The next release I’m working on is code titled “Cosmos as Organism” and it explores the ongoing shift from a mechanistic to an organismic paradigm of reality. This is where much of my time has been going recently, and I’m looking forward to sharing it. As I mentioned in the video today, I may make a video version of this episode, to make it interesting to view on YouTube. As the episode is around an hour long though, this may come out a little after the podcast release. I’m still figuring it out but I’ll keep you updated!

    Best wishes,


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