Exclusive: Nat Geo Origins, host Jason Silva says, “Unlike anything I’ve ever done”

Jason Silva

Series premiere, documentary chronicling the rise of mankind, on National Geographic on March 6th, 2017, at 9pm ET, 6pm PT on DirecTV

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/3/6 – “Origins is unlike anything I’ve ever done,” says Origins host Jason Silva, who is also the host of Shots of Awe and Brain Games. “It’s a long-form look at how humans co-evolved with their discoveries and inventions. It builds on philosopher Marshall McLuhan’s notion that, we build the tools, and the tools build us.”


“In some ways there is thematic overlap with some of my Shots of Awe videos,” says Silva. “But, in Origins, we unpack these ideas within gorgeous cinematic recreations. Key moments of human history, origin moments, the unexpected set of events, the connections that led to the modem world are what surprises me the most. There is a surprise at every turn of our human journey. Often we can’t make sense of it looking forward, but only looking backwards can we connect the dots.”

“Our first episode, Spark of Civilization, is about domesticating fire,” says Silva. “Provides a specific look at how fire and cooking essentially catalyzed into our humanness. Cooking was an artificial stomach that pre-digested our food and freed up time for us to develop culture.”

Silva is a consulting producer on the project in addition to being the host. “I filmed my portion in a studio in L.A. The historical recreations were shot in South Africa. They are amazing. During filming, I learned the physical limits of my ability to synthesize compelling information.”

Why is Silva so passionate about learning and imparting what he learns to others? Says Silva, “Because as Carl Sagan said, understanding is a kind of ecstasy.”

In Origins: The Journey of Humankind, futurist Jason Silva is host of an eight-part series that celebrates the story of how man became modern man. A sensory, time-travel adventure that delves deep into history to find the pivotal origin moments that fueled our evolutionary ascension.

Origins analyzes pivotal moments through the eyes of thinkers and disruptors. Events such as the discoveries and applications of fire and medicine, that fundamentally and irrevocably created our modern lives.

The series features audio-visual sequences designed by John Boswell, along with global commentary and cinematic dramatic sequences that capture the magic of these discoveries throughout time.  Origin moments including war, money, communication, transportation, exploration and shelter are also explored.

The first episode focuses on Fire, how it gave us the power to create, to destroy and to transform. With hard lessons about what we can and cannot control.  Moments in history when fire allowed us to create, expand and dominate. From 12,000 BC when early man discovered the first spark, which grew into a flame.

In 1232 AD, the Jin Dynasty mounts a new defense against the attacking Mongol hordes: gunpowder. produced the first chemical explosive, the beginning of modern warfare.

In 1666, the Great Fire of London burns more than 90 churches and 13,000 houses, leaving more than 100,000 people homeless. This devastation begins one of the most enlightening periods in history, the Industrial Revolution.

In 1926 in the New World, American scientist Robert Goddard pioneers space technology, creating the first modern rocket, the foreunner of today’s spacecraft.

Origins is an Asylum Entertainment and Melodysheep production for National Geographic Channel. Executive producted by Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Ryann Lauckner, Evan Mirzai, and Shea Mirzai.

National Geographic is the American digital cable and satellite television channel that is owned by National Geographic Partners.

Twitter: @JasonSilva@NatGeoChannel

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