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Blog Archive for the ‘Seminars’ Category

James P. Carse – “Religious War in Light of the Infinite Game”

by Stewart Brand on January 17th, 02005

Finite and infinite games Countless readers have been hooked by the opening line of James P. Carse’s FINITE AND INFINITE GAMES— “There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other, infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing…  Read More

Ken Dychtwald – The Consequences Of Human Life Extension”

by Stewart Brand on December 6th, 02004

What long life means Ken Dychtwald gave a terrific talk Friday evening to a standing-room audience on “The Consequences of Human Life Extension.” The growing—and soon overwhelming—prevalence of the old in developed nations is leading to a “new old.” Ken described meeting a bright-eyed apparent 70-year-old who talked about his gym workouts. “I asked when…  Read More

Michael West – “The Prospects of Human Life Extension”

by Stewart Brand on November 15th, 02004

Ever longer life Our germline cells (eggs and sperm) are already immortal. What if the rest of the cells of our body could acquire the same ability? Tissue by tissue, one degenerative disease after another, it could gradually happen in the course of one or two human generations. When it does happen, what we mean…  Read More

Paul Hawken – The Long Green

by Stewart Brand on October 18th, 02004

The long green The environmental movement has moved on. It has become so deep and wide that it adds up to something new entirely, still unnamed. Whatever it is, it is now the largest movement in the world and the least ideological. Driven by science and patience, it is civilization-scale therapy. Paul Hawken co-authored the…  Read More

Danny Hillis – “Progress on the 10,000-year Clock”

by Stewart Brand on September 13th, 02004

“How’s the Clock coming?” Everyone connected with The Long Now Foundation or with Danny Hillis hears that question all the time. “Progress on the 10,000-Year Clock,” Danny Hillis — Friday, September 10, 7pm, Fort Mason Conference Center, San Francisco. Doors open for coffee and books at 7pm; lecture is promptly at 8pm. You may want…  Read More

Philip Longman – “The Depopulation Problem”

by Stewart Brand on August 17th, 02004

The depopulation problem No need to summarize this time. Phillip Longman wrote out his whole talk, with the illustrations more viewable even than they were at the Seminar and talk. It is full of rethink-the-news sentences like: “Notice that Japan’s lengthening recession began just as continuously falling fertility rates at last caused its working-age population…  Read More

Jill Tarter – “Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence – A Necessarily Long-Term Strategy”

by Stewart Brand on July 12th, 02004

The long search “The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence: Necessarily a Long-term Strategy” is the title for Jill Tarter’s Seminar About Long-term Thinking this Friday. There’s no deeper question than “Are we alone in the universe?” And there’s no quick way to answer it. Slow, steady science is the hardest to fund and organize, but Jill…  Read More

Bruce Sterling – “The Singularity: Your Future as a Black Hole”

by Stewart Brand on June 14th, 02004

Your future as a black hole One reason lots of people don’t want to think long term these days is because technology keeps accelerating so rapidly, we assume the world will become unrecognizable in a few years and then move on to unimaginable. Long-term thinking must be either impossible or irrelevant. The commonest shorthand term…  Read More

David Rumsey – “Mapping Time”

by Stewart Brand on May 18th, 02004

Maps and time DAVID RUMSEY’s spectacularly illustrated lecture, “Mapping Time” is not just about maps. It is the future of data and knowledge handling. People literally gasp at the things Rumsey shows can be done. I love it when techies, artists, and historians all gasp at the same time. That happened with David Rumsey’s spectacularly…  Read More

Daniel Janzen – “It’s ALL Gardening”

by Stewart Brand on April 12th, 02004

Mega gardening Big as life and twice as opinionated, the renowned preservation biologist DANIEL JANZEN spoke for The Long Now on Friday, April 9, 2005. His perspective on preservation may be jarring to some: “It’s ALL Gardening”. DAN JANZEN is most widely known for his heroic efforts helping set all of Costa Rica on a…  Read More