Support Long-term Thinking
Support Long-term Thinking

Blog Archive for the ‘Manual for Civilization’ Category

Manual for Civilization Book List from Mark Pauline of Survival Research Labs

by Mikl Em on May 2nd, 02014

Photo of Mark Pauline by Karen Marcelo What information is essential to sustaining civilization? What books would you want to have if we had to start from scratch? What references would we need available to rebuild what we have today? Long Now is collecting 3,500 books based on those questions to form a Manual for Civilization….  Read More

The Knowledge and The Manual for Civilization

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 19th, 02014

One of the early inspirations for creating the Manual for Civilization was an email I received from Lewis Dartnell in London asking me for information on a book he was writing inspired by James Lovelock’s “Book for all Seasons”.  The idea was a kind of reboot manual for humanity, and it coincided well with some…  Read More

Neal Stephenson’s Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 17th, 02014

  Best-selling author Neal Stephenson has added a couple dozen books to the Manual for Civilization. Long Now is assembling a corpus of 3,500 volumes that would help sustain or rebuild civilization. This collection will be featured at The Interval, our new public space, as a floor-to-ceiling library available to our visitors. The collection will comprise…  Read More

33 Books on How to Live and a Russian Nesting Doll

by Catherine Borgeson on April 9th, 02014

Long Now Member Maria Popova is the mastermind behind the popular cultural blog of ideas known as Brain Pickings.  The blog was founded in 02006, where she has been reviewing books, writing multiple blog entries and tweeting 50 times a day, all while balancing on a wobble board. The lifelong bibliophile has also written for Wired UK, The…  Read More

Megan and Rick Prelinger’s Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 25th, 02014

Today we continue the series of posts featuring the books suggested for the Manual for Civilization with a list from a couple of guerrilla archivists here in San Francisco, Megan and Rick Prelinger. In all, we hope to develop an ever-changing collection of 3,500 volumes to form a corpus which could sustain or rebuild civilization….  Read More

Kevin Kelly’s Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 18th, 02014

Today we continue the series of posts featuring the books suggested for the Manual for Civilization with a large list from Long Now Founding Board Member Kevin Kelly. In all we hope to have as many as 3,500 volumes to form a corpus which could sustain or rebuild civilization. To broaden our selection process we’ve…  Read More

Violet Blue’s Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization

by Catherine Borgeson on March 11th, 02014

Continuing our series of posts highlighting books suggested for our Manual for Civilization library at The Interval, today we have a specialized list selected by Violet Blue.  As a library designed to help sustain or rebuild civilization, one of the first categories that came to mind were sexuality and reproduction.  A civilization cannot have a future…  Read More

Stewart Brand’s Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 4th, 02014

Stewart Brand selects books from his library, photo by Alexander Rose Long Now’s Founding Board Member Stewart Brand suggested more than 70 volumes for our Manual for Civilization collection. The Manual will be housed within The Interval at Long Now, our new public space which opens to the public this Spring. The 3500 books that comprise…  Read More

Brian Eno’s Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 28th, 02014

Brian Eno visited San Francisco to see the site where the Manual for Civilization shelves will be Photo by Alexander Rose   Twenty books suggested by Long Now’s Founding Board Member Brian Eno form the first in a series of reports on additions to our Manual for Civilization collection. This library will eventually include 3,500…  Read More

The Manual for Civilization Begins

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 6th, 02014

  As we near completion of The Interval at Long Now, our new venue in San Francisco, we are also building a collection of books that will reside here.  We have named this collection the Manual for Civilization, and it will include the roughly 3500 books most essential to sustain or rebuild civilization. Using this…  Read More