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Blog Archive for the ‘Civilization’ Category

Discovery in Mexican Cave May Drastically Change the Known Timeline of Humans’ Arrival to the Americas

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on July 27th, 02020

Human history in the Americas may be twice long as long as previously believed — at least 26,500 years — according to authors of a new study at Mexico’s Chiquihuite cave and other sites throughout Central Mexico. According to the study’s lead author Ciprian Ardelean: “This site alone can’t be considered . . .   Read More

Kim Stanley Robinson: “The Coronavirus is Rewriting Our Imaginations.”

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on May 4th, 02020

Science Fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson has written a powerful meditation on what the pandemic heralds for the future of civilization in The New Yorker. . . .   Read More

An Epidemic of False Confidence Related to COVID-19

by Danny Hillis on March 14th, 02020

As someone who spent my childhood moving from epidemic to epidemic with my virologist father and epidemiologist mother, I am surprised at the degree of certainty expressed by both optimists and pessimists regarding their predictions of the COVID-19 epidemic. . .   Read More

Long Now Lessons From Notre Dame

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on April 17th, 02019

In the hours after news broke that the Cathedral of Notre Dame suffered extensive fire damage, many found hope in a story that circulated on social media about a centuries-old protocol the fire department in Paris followed when battling the fire. The story originated with Twitter. . .   Read More

Deep Civilization, a New Essay Series by BBC, Takes the Long View

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on January 14th, 02019

BBC Future has launched a new series about “the long view of humanity” called “Deep Civilization:”

[Deep Civilization] aims to stand back from the daily news cycle and widen the lens of our current place in time. Over the coming months, we will explore multi-generational thinking in all its forms, and hear from writers. . .   Read More

Michael Frachetti: Lessons from the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on March 26th, 02018

In 02011, anthropologist Michael Frachetti discovered a lost city that holds clues to how civilizations rise and fall when diverse communities integrate. From Michael Frachetti’s Long Now Seminar “Open Source Civilization and the Unexpected Origins of the Silk Road” which you can watch in full here. . .   Read More

The Artangel Longplayer Letters: Alan Moore writes to Stewart Lee

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on July 12th, 02017

Alan Moore (left) chose comedian Stewart Lee as the recipient of his Longplayer letter.

In January 02017, Iain Sinclair, a writer and filmmaker whose recent work focuses on the psychogeography of London, wrote a letter to writer Alan Moore as part of the Artangel Longplayer Letters series. The series is a relay-style correspondence, with. . .   Read More

The Artangel Longplayer Letters: Iain Sinclair writes to Alan Moore

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on June 23rd, 02017

Iain Sinclair (left) chose Alan Moore as the recipient of his Longplayer letter.
In November 02015, Manuel Arriga  wrote a letter to Giles Fraser as part of the Artangel Longplayer Letters series. The series is a relay-style correspondence: The first letter was written by Brian Eno to Nassim Taleb. Nassim Taleb then wrote to. . .   Read More

How Hard Would It Be To Restart Civilization From Scratch?

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on April 24th, 02017

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes an entire civilization to build a toaster.

That’s what Designer Thomas Thwaites learned when he set himself the challenge of building his own, from start to Pop Tarts. He smelted ore, coaxed plastic out of oil, and toiled towards a prototype that. . .   Read More

James Fallows gives update to his “Civilization’s Infrastructure” Seminar

by Andrew Warner on November 5th, 02015

We under-imagine benefits and over-imagine problems with civilian infrastructure projects, yet we do the opposite with military infrastructure-scale weapons systems.  Both behaviors defy reason and cause harm.
— Stewart Brand
James Fallows recently wrote a piece for the Atlantic describing common bias in dealing with military infrastructure vs. public infrastructure, expanding on the. . .   Read More

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