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A Journey to Siberia in Search of Woolly Mammoths

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 27th, 02018

Harvard geneticist George Church, who is leading efforts to de-extinct the woolly mammoth, explores a cave in Siberia. Photo by Brendan Hall. There will be three long flights across 15 time zones before I sleep in a bed, and we still won’t be there. Our destination is vastly closer to where we start than the path…  Read More

Whole Earth Catalog 50th Anniversary Celebration Takes Place October 13

by Ahmed Kabil on September 12th, 02018

Note: If you are interested in volunteering for this special event, please fill out a volunteer form. 50 years ago, Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand launched the Whole Earth Catalog — one of the most consequential publications of the 01960s American counterculture. The Whole Earth Catalog and its progeny (CoEvolution Quarterly, Whole Earth Review, and the WELL) inspired generations to realize their personal agency…  Read More

The Decade We Almost Solved Climate Change

by Ahmed Kabil on August 28th, 02018

Image by George Steinmetz. This month, The New York Times published an ambitious 30,000 word feature by Nathaniel Rich on how humanity missed its window to address climate change. In the decade of 01979–01989, Rich argues, the world came closer than it ever had to agreeing upon a binding, global framework to reduce carbon emissions….  Read More

Nick Damiano Wins 10-Year Long Bet that The Large Hadron Collider Wouldn’t Destroy Earth

by Ahmed Kabil on August 3rd, 02018

10 years ago, Joe Keane placed a Long Bet that the Large Hadron Collider will destroy Earth by 02018. He was challenged by Nick Damiano. The stakes were $1,000. If Damiano won, the winnings would go to Save the Children. If Keane won, the world would end, and the winnings would (theoretically) go to the…  Read More

George P. Shultz on the Future of the International System

by Ahmed Kabil on August 3rd, 02018

Changing demographics will do more to shape the future than the politics of Washington, says George P. Shultz. The politics of Washington is something Shultz knows well: now 97, Shultz served in four cabinet positions over two decades. Under Nixon, he served as the Secretary of Labor, the Director of Office of Management and Budget,…  Read More

Lightning, Stars and Space: Art That Leaves the Gallery Behind

by Ahmed Kabil on July 30th, 02018

Star Axis by Charles Ross. In Part I of our exploration of Land Art in the American West, we covered the birth of the Land Art movement in the 01960s and some of the seminal works created by Robert Smithson, Michael Heizer, Nancy Holt and James Turrell, which expanded the definition of art and opened up new…  Read More

The Future Right Around the Corner

by Ahmed Kabil on July 29th, 02018

Medium’s “Future Human” essay collection explores the scientific, technological, social and medical advances that are changing where and how we live. The collection features work by and about various members of the Long Now community, including past speakers (Andy Weir and Annalee Newitz), collaborators (the geneticist George Church), and staff (Long Now Editor Ahmed Kabil).   Digitocracy by…  Read More

Thinking on a Global Scale to Conserve Endangered Species

by Ahmed Kabil on July 26th, 02018

What makes a species invasive? What makes a species native? Ecologist and evolutionary biologist Chris Thomas on the need to think on a global, international scale when it comes to conservation. From Chris Thomas’s Long Now Seminar “Are We Initiating the Great Anthropocene Speciation Event,” which you can watch in full here.  

Overview: Earth and Civilization in Macroscope

by Ahmed Kabil on May 29th, 02018

“Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from outside, is available…a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose.“ — Astronomer Fred Hoyle, 01948 I. “Why Do You Look In A Mirror?” InFebruary 01966, Stewart Brand, a month removed from launching a multimedia psychedelic festival that inaugurated the hippie counterculture, sat on the roof of his apartment…  Read More

The Role of Art in Addressing Climate Change: An interview with José Luis de Vicente

by Ahmed Kabil on May 15th, 02018

“Sounds super depressing,” she texted. “That’s why I haven’t gone. Sort of went full ostrich.” That was my friend’s response when I asked her if she had attended Després de la fi del món (After the End of the World), the exhibition on the present and future of climate change at the Center of Contemporary Culture in Barcelona…  Read More

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