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Blog Archive for the ‘Long Term Thinking’ Category

The Long You

by Stuart Candy on July 3rd, 02007

Making long-term thinking viable depends partly on rendering slow processes perceptible, compressing them onto a scale we can relate to more easily. Given that the quintessential long-now change processes (geology, deep culture etc) extend over many human lifetimes, a similar challenge is to make the passage of time more personal. Here’s an addition to our…  Read More

Westinghouse Time Capsule Book

by Kevin Kelly on June 28th, 02007

The Westinghouse Time Capsule was the object that has defined time capsules since then: a container of objects from the present buried to be resurrected at a specified date in the future. To commenorate its burial during the 1939 World’s Fair and to act as a manual for those who might dig it up in…  Read More

The (other) Long View

by Kevin Kelly on June 18th, 02007

Leave it to the BBC to take the long view. Similar to our Long View chiefly in name, The Long View is a radio program hosted by “Jonathan Freedland [who] looks for the past behind the present, and explores a moment in history which illuminates a contemporary debate.” Here’s a list of some of the…  Read More

History of religion timeline map

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 25th, 02007

Submitted by Dan Mosedale this animated map/timeline of the last 5000 years of religion is really fantastic. Also another take on that was submitted by Kevin Kelly.  I also just came across this great Historical Atlas page.

Urbanization timeline/map

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 24th, 02007

Submitted by Stewart Brand this interactive urbanization map and timeline is a nice tool for visualizing how cities have been groing over the last 60 years. I would love to see the millennial version…

Richard Feynman quote

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 17th, 02007

I came across this very Long Now quote recently. It is pretty amazing to see this level of optimism from someone who worked on the Manhatten Project. “We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of…  Read More

Ise is rebuilt for the 101st time…

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 12th, 02007

Every 20 years the Shinto temple at Ise is rebuilt. It is an exact copy of the one that has stood there for the last twenty years. They alternate the sites so that they can complete one before taking down the last. Depending on which source you trust, this has been going on, in one…  Read More

Seed Vault of Svalbard

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 11th, 02007

  A little while ago the design for the Svalbard International Seed Vault was released (BBC article).  They are building a long term vault for seed stock preservation.  Interestingly they seem to have chosen the site mainly under the assumption that the planet will only get warmer in the next 200 years.  My understanding of…  Read More

Slow Food, Long Now

by Simone Davalos on May 8th, 02007

This Thursday at Fort Mason, Carlo Petrini, reigning king of the Slow Food Movement, will be discussing something along the lines of “Slow Food and Why It’s A Good Idea”. He’ll also be publicizing his new book, Slow Food Nation: A Blueprint for Changing the Way We Eat Slow food is a movement that has…  Read More

Three of the longest scientific experiments still going

by Kevin Kelly on May 2nd, 02007

It just so happens that three of the longest running scientific experiments are located in the foyers of university physics departments. These three long-running tests were first reported as a set in a 1984 article in the European Journal of Physics. One of them, the pitch drop has achieved some internet fame. But it is…  Read More

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