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Richard Rhodes: Hell and Good Company @ The Interval— March 10, 02015

by Mikl Em on March 3rd, 02015

March 10, 02015
Richard Rhodes (Pulitzer Prize winning historian)
Hell and Good Company at The Interval
Tickets are on sale now — these talks typically sell out
Our next event in the Conversations at The Interval features author Richard Rhodes discussing his new book Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it. . .   Read More

Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco (02013) — Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on December 29th, 02014

Rick Prelinger photo by Cory Doctorow
In December 02013 film archivist Rick Prelinger presented Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 8 for our Seminars About Long-term Thinking series. It’s been an annual tradition in our series since 02008. Click here to watch the full video. We do not publish audio podcasts for Lost Landscapes. . .   Read More

World War II Sites, Then and Now

by Charlotte Hajer on October 22nd, 02014

About two years ago, we shared with you a set of enhanced photographs that visualized the transformation of World-War-II-era Leningrad into contemporary St. Petersburg.
We recently came across a similar photographic experiment in picturing historical change. The temporal lapse is similar: this interactive series compares 1940s images of European sites that played. . .   Read More

“Leonardo’s Brain” at The Interval, Sunday 10/12/02014

by Mikl Em on October 8th, 02014

This Sunday, October 12, The Interval hosts a special event to celebrate the posthumous release of Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding Da Vinci’s Creative Genius by Leonard Shlain. Leonardo’s Brain looks at the life, art and mind of 15th century Florentine polymath Leonardo da Vinci. Shlain’s book considers Da Vinci as a glimpse. . .   Read More

New Book Explores the Legacy of Paul Otlet’s Mundaneum

by Charlotte Hajer on September 23rd, 02014

In 02007, SALT speaker Alex Wright introduced us to Paul Otlet, the Belgian visionary who spent the first half of the twentieth century building a universal catalog of human knowledge, and who dreamed of creating a global information network that would allow anyone virtual access to this “Mundaneum.”
In June of this year, Wright released. . .   Read More

Richard Kurin: American History in 101 Objects — A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on July 31st, 02014

In July 02013 The Smithsonian’s Richard Kurin shared relics familiar and obscure which evoke some of America’s most essential tales, from both before and after the states united. Twice a month we highlight a Seminar About Long-term Thinking (SALT) from our archives.

Video of the 12 most recent Seminars is free for. . .   Read More

World’s Oldest Comics: The Kanozero Petroglyphs

by Chia Evers on July 14th, 02014

In Understanding Comics, which Stewart Brand described as “a seminal work at the level of Edward Tufte’s Envisioning Information,” Scott McCloud defined comics as “Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or to produce an aesthetic response in the viewer.” Using this definition, McCloud proposed several examples of. . .   Read More

Stefan Kroepelin Seminar Primer

by Austin Brown on June 2nd, 02014

Anything as vast and mysterious as the Sahara Desert is bound to invite myth and legend – it’s how we make sense of things too large, elusive or forbidding to know firsthand. Stefan Kroepelin, however, has dedicated his life to firsthand knowledge of the Sahara, and has dispelled some myths along the way. He’s. . .   Read More

Proof: The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers

by Mikl Em on May 29th, 02014

Photo by Adam Rogers

The earliest evidence of a deliberately made alcoholic drink comes from a 10,000 year old piece of Chinese pottery. Lab tests revealed traces of a fermented mixture of rice honey and fruit. It would have been hard to mix those ingredients and keep it from fermenting.

Adam Rogers has held. . .   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