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Blog Archive for the ‘Civilization’ Category

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

James Fallows, “Infrastructure Investment Tricks”

by Andrew Warner on October 20th, 02015

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

Civilization’s Infrastructure
Tuesday, October 6 02015 – San Francisco

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Infrastructure investment tricks – a summary. . .   Read More

Lewis Dartnell at The Interval: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch on March 24 02015

by Mikl Em on March 21st, 02015

Tuesday, March 24, 02015
Lewis Dartnell
(University of Leicester / European Space Agency)
The Knowledge: Rebuilding Our World From Scratch
at The Interval
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This Tuesday in San Francisco Long Now welcomes British astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell to our Conversations at The Interval series to discuss his latest book The Knowledge. . .   Read More

Oxford’s Oak Beams, and Other Tales of Humans and Trees in Long-Term Partnership

by Charlotte Hajer on December 31st, 02014

Here at Long Now, we often like to tell the story – or perhaps better said, legend – of the oak beams at New College in Oxford. First told to Stewart Brand by anthropologist Gregory Bateson, this short and simple story epitomizes the tremendous value we can reap from some long-term thinking.
Photo via Tripadvisor
Despite. . .   Read More

David Eagleman: Six Easy Steps to Avert the Collapse of Civilization — Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on August 22nd, 02014

In April 02010 author and neuroscientist David Eagleman proposed several internet-enabled ways to avoid the collapse of civilization. Eagleman is a Guggenheim Fellow known for his research on time perception and synesthesia; his books include the best-seller Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives. Twice a month we highlight a Seminar About Long-term. . .   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. . .   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. . .   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. . .   Read More