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Blog Archive for the ‘Long Term Science’ Category

David Keith Seminar Primer

by Charlotte Hajer on February 4th, 02015

On Tuesday, February 17, David Keith will present Patient Geoengineering, as part of our monthly Seminars About Long-Term Thinking. Each month the Seminar Primer gives you some background information about the speaker, including links to learn even more. In 01991, Mount Pinatubo – a largely forgotten and underestimated volcano in the Philippines – erupted in…  Read More

From the City to the Great Basin: a Trip to Long Now’s Mountain in Nevada

by Mikl Em on January 8th, 02015

The Big Here video documenting a drive from San Francisco to Mount Washington in eastern Nevada was made in 02009 and shown as a Long Short before Stewart Brand’s Rethinking Green SALT talk. We showed it again this week at The Great Basin in the Anthropocene talk by Scotty Strachan at The Interval. That event…  Read More

Jesse Ausubel Seminar Primer

by Charlotte Hajer on January 6th, 02015

On Tuesday, January 13, Jesse Ausubel will present Nature is Rebounding: Land- and Ocean-sparing Through Concentrating Human Activities, as part of our monthly Seminars About Long-Term Thinking. Each month the Seminar Primer gives you some background information about the speaker, including links to learn even more. The stories and scary graphs aren’t hard to find:…  Read More

Scotty Strachan: The Great Basin in the Anthropocene @ The Interval January 6 — The Mountains Keep Teaching

by Mikl Em on January 4th, 02015

Photo by Scotty Strachan January 6, 02015: Scotty Strachan (University Nevada-Reno) Long Now’s Nevada: the Great Basin in the Anthropocene Tickets are still available This Tuesday a very special event begins our 02015 series of salon talks at The Interval in San Francisco. The Great Basin in the Anthropocene on January 6 will be a night…  Read More

Salt Crystals and Selfies: Curiosity after the Seven Minutes of Terror

by Ahmed Kabil on December 22nd, 02014

In October 02013, NASA engineer Adam Steltzner spoke to the Long Now about landing the Curiosity rover on Mars. A decade of exhausted alternatives led Seltzner’s team to take the unconventional approach of a mini-rocket “sky crane” controlled by artificial intelligence to guide the rover to the Martian surface. Because the crane could not be…  Read More

Long Now’s Nevada and Artists with Lasers: January 02015 at The Interval

by Mikl Em on December 18th, 02014

We have just announced our lineup of upcoming events at The Interval for 02015. The first four months of the year will feature talks on art, science, history, technology and long-term thinking. Tickets are on sale now for the first two: January 6, 02015 Scotty Strachan: The Great Basin in the Anthropocene environmental researcher at University…  Read More

Kevin Kelly: Long-term Trends in the Scientific Method — Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on November 20th, 02014

In March 02006 author and Long Now board member Kevin Kelly shared his thoughts on what awaits us in the next century of science. At the time Kevin was already at work on the book What Technology Wants which would be published 5 years later. If you enjoyed Kevin’s 02014 Seminar for Long Now “Technium Unbound“,…  Read More

Mark Lynas: 9 Planetary Boundaries, Finessing the Anthropocene — Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on October 17th, 02014

“The Holocene is over and welcome to the Anthropocene our very uniquely human geological era.” In March 02012 environmental activist and author Mark Lynas gave a sobering assessment of Earth in the Anthropocene. Lynas offers a framework for tracking the health of our planet, outlining nine measurable “boundaries” that if crossed threaten the well-being of humans on Earth. And…  Read More

What Nuclear Waste Management Can Teach Us About Deep Time

by Charlotte Hajer on October 4th, 02014

Many suggest we have entered the Anthropocene – a new geologic epoch ushered in by humanity’s own transformations of Earth’s climate, erosion patterns, extinctions, atmosphere and rock record. In such circumstances, we are challenged to adopt new ways of living, thinking and understanding our relationships with our planetary environment. To do so, anthropologist Richard Irvine…  Read More

Peter Schwartz: The Starships ARE Coming — A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on September 12th, 02014

In September 02013 futurist Peter Schwartz spoke for Long Now about realistic scenarios for human interstellar travel. Peter, a founding Long Now Board member, participated in “The 100-year Starship” project and contributed to the book Starship Century (Edited by Gregory Benford and James Benford) with scientists and science fiction authors positing realistic ways humanity could voyage beyond our Solar System. Our September Seminar…  Read More