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Blog Archive for the ‘Civilization’ Category

Orville Schell – “China Thinks Long-term, But Can It Relearn to Act Long-term?”

by Simone Davalos on October 4th, 02006

Giant contradictions

“China is the most unresolved nation of consequence in the world,” Orville Schell began. It is defined by its massive contradictions. And by its massiveness— China’s population is estimated to be 1.25 to 1.3 billion; the margin of error in the estimate is greater than the population of France. It. . .   Read More

Kevin Kelly – “The Next 100 Years of Science: Long-term Trends in the Scientific Method.”

by Simone Davalos on March 13th, 02006

Recursion drives science

The co-founding editor of “Wired” magazine and author of OUT OF CONTROL is working on a new book on “what technology wants.” His research led to the first-ever history of scientific methodology. Starting from this long-term view of science’s past transformation, he speculates on how the practice of. . .   Read More

Robert Fuller – “Patient Revolution: Human Rights Past and Future”

by Stewart Brand on August 15th, 02005

The culminating human right

What does it take to change human habits of cruelty (such as slavery, genocide) and humiliation (racism, sexism)?

What do past and present efforts for human rights tell about their future?…

Robert Fuller is author of the ground-breaking SOMEBODIES AND NOBODIES: OVERCOMING THE ABUSE OF RANK.

“Personal is political,” Robert. . .   Read More

Jared Diamond – “How Societies Fail-And Sometimes Succeed”

by Simone Davalos on July 18th, 02005

On failing to think long-term

Sophisticated societies from time to time collapse utterly, often leaving traces of a civilization that was at a proud peak just before the fall. Other societies facing the same dangers figure out how to adapt around them, recover, and go on to further centuries of success. Tonight the author. . .   Read More

Roger Kennedy – “The Political History of North America from 25,000 BC to 2100 AD”

by Simone Davalos on February 11th, 02005

Ancient American politics

ROGER KENNEDY, the former head of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and former Director of the US National Park Service, is so eloquent that Walt Kelly based a “Pogo” character on him (the bear P.T. Bridgeport, whose speech balloons are circus posters).

Roger Kennedy’s most driving current interest. . .   Read More

James P. Carse – “Religious War in Light of the Infinite Game”

by Stewart Brand on January 17th, 02005

Finite and infinite games

Countless readers have been hooked by the opening line of James P. Carse’s FINITE AND INFINITE GAMES— “There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other, infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of. . .   Read More

Philip Longman – “The Depopulation Problem”

by Stewart Brand on August 17th, 02004

The depopulation problem

No need to summarize this time. Phillip Longman wrote out his whole talk, with the illustrations more viewable even than they were at the Seminar and talk.

It is full of rethink-the-news sentences like: “Notice that Japan’s lengthening recession began just as continuously falling fertility rates at last caused. . .   Read More

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