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Blog Archive for the year 02013

The Artangel Longplayer Letters: Stewart Brand writes to Esther Dyson

by Austin Brown on November 29th, 02013

In July, Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote a letter to Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand as part of the Artangel Longplayer Letters series. The series is a relay-style correspondence: The first letter was written by Brian Eno to Taleb. Taleb then wrote to Stewart Brand. Brand’s response is now addressed to Esther Dyson. . .   Read More

Reinventors Roundtable on Longpath Thinking

by Austin Brown on November 27th, 02013

On November 20th, Long Now Executive Director Alexander Rose took part in a Reinventors Roundtable discussion called “Reinvent Longpath Thinking.” Another participant in the discussion, Ari Wallach, coined the term Longpath as a framework for thinking long-term and in his consultancy work, encourages clients to imagine where they want to be a decade or more […]

A 75-year Study on the Secrets to Happiness

by Charlotte Hajer on November 27th, 02013

The credit for growing old with grace and vitality, it seems, goes more to ourselves than to our stellar genetic make-up. So concludes the synopsis of Triumphs of Experience, the latest book to come out of the Harvard Grant Study, an ambitious and comprehensive project that has tracked the life course of 268 male members […]

Internet Archive Fundraiser – Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 8 – 2nd Showing

by Austin Brown on November 26th, 02013

Now in its eighth year, Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes of San Francisco is almost always the largest of our Seminars About Long-term Thinking. Pre-sale tickets have sold out again at the Castro Theater and a few tickets will be released to the walk up line on the day of the show.
Those. . .   Read More

The Evolution of Little Red Riding Hood

by Charlotte Hajer on November 20th, 02013

We in the Western world are not the only ones who grow up with the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

Stories about young children who face off with a trickster wild animal are told around the world. In East Asia, for example, there is the tale of a tiger who masquerades as an. . .   Read More

Taking the longpath

by Austin Brown on November 18th, 02013

Writing for Wired, Ari Wallach contrasts the perspectives that go into building a cathedral that isn’t completed until long after its designer’s death and a McMansion that’s built, foreclosed on and abandoned in less than a generation. He proposes what he calls the “Longpath,” to encourage more endeavors of the cathedral’s scale: We need a […]

Climate Change and Us: What Does the Future Hold?

by Austin Brown on November 14th, 02013

Peer beyond the headlines as experts explain what the IPCC report really says about global warming and what it means for our planet and for mankind in a live presentation and discussion on Friday December 13, 02013 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release. . .   Read More

A 240-Year Old Programmable Computer Boy

by Charlotte Hajer on November 14th, 02013

In the late 18th century, Swiss clock- and watchmaker Pierre Jaquet Droz decided to advertise his business by building three automata, or mechanical robots, in the shape of young children. Still functional after almost 240 years, the machines are a marvel of mechanical engineering. “The Musician” is a girl who plays an organ – her eyes. . .   Read More

A visit to Star Axis

by Austin Brown on November 11th, 02013

Having climbed the staircase for some time, I stopped on a step that sent me back to the sky of twenty-five hundred years ago, the sky that loomed overhead when the Book of Job was written. I braced myself against the cool stone of the corridor that bracketed the staircase, and looked up through. . .   Read More

Human Self-Interest and the Problem of Solving Long-Term Issues

by Charlotte Hajer on November 8th, 02013

We are a selfish, short-sighted lot. As many a game theory experiment has shown, we simply aren’t as motivated by the promise of collective future benefits as we are by the gratification of instant private rewards.

A group of researchers based at NYU now argues that this kind of self-interest can throw. . .   Read More