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Blog Archive for the ‘Civilization’ Category

Violet Blue’s Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization

by Catherine Borgeson on March 11th, 02014

Continuing our series of posts highlighting books suggested for our Manual for Civilization library at The Interval, today we have a specialized list selected by Violet Blue.  As a library designed to help sustain or rebuild civilization, one of the first categories that came to mind were sexuality and reproduction.  A civilization cannot have a. . .   Read More

Stewart Brand’s Selected Books for the Manual for Civilization

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 4th, 02014

Stewart Brand selects books from his library, photo by Alexander Rose

Long Now’s Founding Board Member Stewart Brand suggested more than 70 volumes for our Manual for Civilization collection. The Manual will be housed within The Interval at Long Now, our new public space which opens to the public this Spring.

The 3500 books. . .   Read More

Colonel Matthew Bogdanos, “Unlooting the Iraq Museum”

by Andrew Warner on February 27th, 02014

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

The Unlooting of Civilization’s Treasures in Wartime Iraq
Monday February 24, 02014 – San Francisco
Because the talk revolves around and discusses the specifics of what is still an on-going investigation, there will not be any. . .   Read More

Colonel Matthew Bogdanos Seminar Primer

by Charlotte Hajer on February 10th, 02014

When we think of the awful consequences of war, the deaths of the soldiers and civilians always remind us that futures have been destroyed – the young man who will never raise a family, or the one-year-old daughter who will never know her father. But war in the third millennium AD has brought us. . .   Read More

The Manual for Civilization Begins

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 6th, 02014

 

As we near completion of The Interval at Long Now, our new venue in San Francisco, we are also building a collection of books that will reside here.  We have named this collection the Manual for Civilization, and it will include the roughly 3500 books most essential to sustain or rebuild civilization. Using this. . .   Read More

3,700-Year Old Palatial Wine

by Charlotte Hajer on December 11th, 02013

The history of wine spans millennia: the ancient Romans considered the beverage a daily necessity, Phoenicians wrote the first textbooks on viticulture, and Egyptian pharaohs had wine cellars built into their burial tombs.

Now, recent archaeological findings from Israel promise to add new insights to our knowledge of wine drinking practices throughout the ages.

A. . .   Read More

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

Paul Sabin on the Gamble over Earth’s Future

by Charlotte Hajer on October 9th, 02013

In 1980, a bet was made between a Malthusian ecologist and a Cornucopian economist – between optimism and pessimism – about the fate of humanity and planet Earth. The wager concerned fluctuations in the market prices for several crude metals. If prices rose over the next decade, civilization must be facing scarcity and thus inevitable doom; falling. . .   Read More

Alexander Rose Visits Ise Shrine Reconstruction Ceremony

by Austin Brown on October 3rd, 02013

Long Now Executive Director Alexander Rose, also the Project Manager for the 10,000-Year Clock, collects inspiring examples (or in some cases, failures) of long-term thinking, architecture and design. In a talk called Millennial Precedent, he discussed some of these examples and the lessons he draws from them. Among them is a Japanese. . .   Read More

Population, growth and decline

by Austin Brown on September 30th, 02013

In a New York Times op-ed piece recently, geographer Erle C. Ellis argues “Overpopulation is Not the Problem,” dismissing fears that humanity might exceed the Earth’s carrying capacity and bring global calamity upon ourselves.

Malthusian fears swing in and out of fashion, and the pendulum can often go too far the other way. . .   Read More