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The Evolution of Consciousness

Weblink: The Evolution of Consciousness

http://raws.adc.rmit.edu.au/~s3139278/pp1/evolutionofconsciousness/index.html

Evolve or die. 

That is the choice that we as a human race are faced with.  No matter what theory of evolution you believe - whether it is Darwinian, based on quantum physics, religion or spirituality, we cannot deny the fact that without evolving in some way, we as well as all other species would cease to exist. 

The main thing that sets us apart from other species is our level of consciousness - that is our ability to be aware of ourselves as well as things around us. 

Where did this consciousness come from?  Did consciousness evolve due to organisms mutating over billions of years as Darwin would suggest or is there more to it? 

Some have theorised that there is a spiritual element to the evolution of our consciousness.  The Mayan civilization predicted that conscious evolution would consist of nine stages; Cellular, Mammalian, Familial, Tribal, Cultural, National, Planetary, Galactic and Universal.  They expressed this notion in the form of a calendar which ends on 28 October 2012 and through pyramid structures consisting of nine levels. 

What does it all mean?  Will we reach a higher level of consciousness or will we cease to exist?

This project explains this notion of conscious evolution through a series of mash up videos relating to each stage of the Mayan calendar.

This project was produced by: Soong Fee Chen, Keshanee De Silva & Brendan Ryan for RMIT University. 

All images and video used are copyright free, and have been
used according to the appropriate Creative Commons licence.


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/rcsj/3174929629/sizes/l/

STAGE 1:

http://www.archive.org/details/CEP_00_032
U.S. Government; Hydrogen Bomb Test (1952)

http://www.archive.org/details/IMB_WSSF_R43_C3
Ivan Bridgewater; Wide Screen Kaleidoscope Clouds (2008)

http://www.archive.org/details/Solar_System_Roundabout
Michael La Breche; Solar System Roundabout

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pshan427/815348106

STAGE 2:

http://www.archive.org/details/WhoShall1969
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Motion Picture Service; Who Shall Reap?

http://www.archive.org/details/Solar_System_Roundabout
Michael La Breche; Solar System Roundabout

http://www.archive.org/details/etf_frogs_toads_and_salamanders
Eastman Teaching Films; Frogs, Toads and Salamanders (1932)

http://www.archive.org/details/IntheBeg1937
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Dairy Industry, Extension Service, Division of Motion Pictures; In the Beginning (1935)

http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1152833

STAGE 3:

http://www.archive.org/details/Nobodygorillanastygorillaavi

http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1168175

STAGE 4:

http://www.archive.org/details/Dhuth-Humans200

http://www.archive.org/details/Davidleeking-fire148

http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/43784

http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/43784

STAGE 5:

http://www.archive.org/details/Miracles1960
U.S. Department of Agriculture

http://www.archive.org/details/CrazyHorseATribute

http://www.archive.org/details/kangaroo

http://www.flickr.com/photos/savingfutures/3263126049/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jungle_boy/154117544/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/68244807@N00/3285599824/

http://www.archive.org/details/AnimaSol...leonardosMessage
Chris Valentine

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayd/179497347

STAGE 6

http://www.archive.org/details/HannuNieminenEvolution
Hannu Nieminen; Evolution (2006)

http://www.archive.org/details/loMysteryofTimefull
Lord Open/the Moody Institute; Mystery of Time (2007)

http://blip.tv/file/1659530?filename=Aljazeeraasset-GazaPrayers642.mpg
All AJE; Gaza Prayers

http://www.archive.org/details/TheSpreadofIslam
Ibnul Khattab; The Spread of Islam (2006)

http://www.archive.org/details/PublicDomainMetheusFilmandMedalllionPictu...
Tanio Boccia; Caesar the Conqueror (1962)

http://www.archive.org/details/1945-04-30_Mussolini_Executed
Universal Studios; Mussolini Executed, 1945/04/30 (1945)

http://www.archive.org/details/Hanging
CBebenezer; Hanging

http://www.archive.org/details/Judge_Priest
Fox Film Corporation; Judge Priest (1934)

http://www.archive.org/details/StoryOfOurFl
McCrory (John R.) Studios; Story Of Our Flag (1938)

http://www.archive.org/details/Mediajokey-Cellportraits449-2

http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/93433

STAGE 7:

http://www.archive.org/details/sIvanBes1938
Besse (Ivan)

http://www.archive.org/details/WorldatW1942_2
U.S. Office of War Information

http://www.archive.org/details/WW1-Footage-ChateauThierry
US Army Signal Corps.

http://www.archive.org/details/Apollo11MoonLanding
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

http://www.archive.org/details/Conquerb1943
RKO-Pathe

http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/1695

STAGE 8:

http://www.archive.org/details/AV_184-NEW_TECHNOLOGY-WHOSE_PROGRESS
Frank Morrow

http://www.archive.org/details/M0diphyD_s1e03

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ntr23/557840620/

All images and video used are copyright free, and have been used according to the appropriate Creative Commons licence.

Music and Voice Overs: Brendan Ryan


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