SoulPancake is a new media company that seeks to provide platforms
to explore "big think" topics such as spirituality, creativity, religion,
arts, and philosophy. With a tagline of "Chew on Life's Big Questions,"
SoulPancake offers feature-length articles, exclusive videos, creative challenges,
and interviews across its platforms. SoulPancake is not affiliated with any
one religious or spiritual organization. The website was launched in January
2010, and by November 2010 the community had 50,000 active registered members
and onemillion page views per month.
SoulPancake was originally founded by actor Rainn
Wilson of NBC's The
Office and his friends Joshua Homnick and Devon Gundry in 2008. The original
concept was a video series called "Metaphysical Milkshake." The founders
deemed that the idea was too narrow and expanded it into a multi-platform media
company. SoulPancake.com offers discussions,
blog posts, questions, creative activities, writing exercises, polls, interviews,
columns, videos, and original art by up-and-coming artists. Here for the first
time (we assume) they had a chess player.
Rainn & Magnus Carlsen get Metaphysical over Chess
Magnus Carlsen joins Rainn Wilson in the back of his "Metaphysical
van" to talk chess and life's big questions
Here are some nuggets:
Rainn: What's odd to me is that you are a totally
normal person. People think about chess geniusses as hanging out in their
basements, obsessively chewing on their own skin, maybe bodies hidden somewhere
in the house...
Magnus: Well, you know I am only 21 years old, so give me
some time to develop the crazy.
Life's big questions: What is your biggest fear?
Magnus: To get attacked by big fish in the open sea.
Do you consider yourself a genius?
No, I do not.
What is the big question you wrestle with?
Whether there's life after death. I had a firm conclusion when I was a child,
that after people died they all gather in the universe and use their powers
to start a new big bang, and that this is just an infinite cycle that perpetuates
And our favourite bit: What would the first sentence of your autobiography
I'm not a genius.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
Magnus Carlsen, Chess Genius...
Rainn battles Magnus Carlsen in CHESS - Metaphysical bonus!