Jason Silva combines science with interactive technology on Brain Games
Starting this Monday, let Jason Silva blow your mind with his interactive experiments that will reveal the inner-workings of your brain. “It is a participatory series, where viewers interact with me, through the TV. It’s a fun show that actually makes science interesting,” begins Silva, who apart from hosting the show, is busy uploading videos on Shot of Awe — a series of clips where he explores ‘life, death, immortality, big ideas, the conscious mind’. And for sceptics out there, Silva promises fact-based experiments. “With Brain Games, you experience it yourself and not just sit back and judge. It’s a very stimulating watch,” he assures us. The Emmy-nominated programme will run for 10 episodes and tackle serious topics such as language, superstition, patterns, anger, sex and intuition. “People will enjoy the episode on addiction,” Silva shares, elaborating, “Bio chemicals get you addicted to bad stuff like drugs and good things like exercise and meditation. So the series is about busting certain myths about the brain,” he explains.
Inspired by his mother, a teacher, writer and artist, Silva urges people to ask questions and step outside comfort zones to learn about who we really are. “Travelling, getting to know people, asking questions, reading–the world has become inquisitive and curious,” he smiles.
In 50 years, Silva hopes to be immortal (because he loves life) and on-board an interstellar ship to a new universe. Post this Brain Games season, he hopes to work on interactive theatre. “I’d like to understand how people react to a particular situation on stage. I’d be fascinated to combine the stimuli, their reaction and science to get an experimental conclusion,” he signs off.
Starts September 15. Weekends at 9 pm on National Geographic Channel
— Aakanksha Devi