Watch: "Brain Games" Host Jason Silva Says Legal Cannabis Will Free Our Minds

Jason Silva has been called "part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from The Matrix." The Atlantic has called him a "walking talking TED talk."

And it's true.

The philosopher, futurist and Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic channel's "Brain Games" ponders all sorts of things, but he's turned his mind to legalization efforts in the United States. And his conclusion is clear: it's a win for civilization.

In this video, Silva's signature exuberance comes across loud and clear. You can't help but want to be part of the world where everyday culture is truly elevated by legal cannabis. Minds opened. If you follow Silva's argument, creativity, compassion and life itself would be all-around better.

Silva calls it a "transformational moment" in the history of the United States because the majority support legalization.


Not just for the "limitless medical capacity" but also for "cognitive liberty." He argues a fundamental value of the United States is for citizens to be allowed to think and do whatever as long as they're not hurting anyone else.

"It's very exciting. I think we're going to see new forms of entertainment. New cultural spaces for people to partake in what they've been doing for hundreds of thousands of years, which is altering our consciousness."

He argues it will lead to transformational experiences, but says he's mostly interested in the high-brow aesthetically minded businesses and experiences that come with legalized cannabis.

So if you want to be able to use the phrase "modalities of consciousness" in your dinner table debate over legalization, or just generally want have your mind blown by an enthusiastic advocate, you must watch this.

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Lawmakers in Quebec failed to pass a bill that would have increased the minimum age for purchasing and consuming cannabis from 18 to 21 before the end of the legislative session. When the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) was elected to power in Quebec last year, they brought with them a promise to raise the legal age for buying and consuming recreational cannabis. Right now, anyone 18 or older can legally purchase cannabis in Quebec, which is tied with Alberta for having the lowest legal age for recreational cannabis.

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