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Niall Ferguson & Peter Schwartz, “Historian vs. Futurist on Human Progress”

by Stewart Brand on April 30th, 02008

Niall Ferguson and Peter Schwartz

Past vs. Future

In what turned out to be a riveting evening, historian Niall Ferguson and futurist Peter Schwartz fire-hosed each other with enough ideas, frames of reference, ripostes, and eloquences to lead to a clear conceptual divergence. At the same time, the two were discovering, live in front of an audience, new ways they might work together on future projects.

Ferguson began by pointing out that while we face many futures, there is only one past, and its residents outnumber us…

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