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Paul Hawken, The New Great Transformation

by Stewart Brand on June 9th, 02007

Humanity’s immune system The title of Paul Hawken’s talk, “The New Great Transformation,” has two referents, he explained. Economist Karl Polanyi’s 1944 book, THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION, said that the “market society” and modern nation state emerged together in Europe after 1700 and divided society in ways that have yet to be healed. Karen Armstrong’s 2006…  Read More

Orrery

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 5th, 02007

This is the first working prototype of the Orrery, or planetary display for the 10,000 Year Clock. This prototype was just recently re-installed at our San Francisco Museum & Store. This part of the clock might help future visitors understand other parts of the clock by accurately showing the positions of the human eye visible…  Read More

Solar Synchronizer

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 4th, 02007

Long Now recently completed this prototype of the Solar Synchronizer for the 10,000 Year Clock, and it is now on display at our San Francisco Museum & Store. This mechanism will help the Clock keep accurate time over the millennia. While the Clock’s day to day time-keeper is a slow pendulum, a mechanism like this…  Read More

History of religion timeline map

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 25th, 02007

Submitted by Dan Mosedale this animated map/timeline of the last 5000 years of religion is really fantastic. Also another take on that was submitted by Kevin Kelly.  I also just came across this great Historical Atlas page. . .   Read More

Urbanization timeline/map

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 24th, 02007

Submitted by Stewart Brand this interactive urbanization map and timeline is a nice tool for visualizing how cities have been groing over the last 60 years. I would love to see the millennial version. . .   Read More

77 Million Paintings by Brian Eno

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 19th, 02007

On June 29th and 30th The Long Now Foundation presents the North American Premiere of 77 Million Paintings by Brian Eno. And on Sunday July 1st we will have a members night closing the event with special guests from The Long Now Foundation board.

Richard Feynman quote

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 17th, 02007

I came across this very Long Now quote recently. It is pretty amazing to see this level of optimism from someone who worked on the Manhatten Project. “We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of…  Read More

Steven Johnson, Consilience defeats miasma

by Stewart Brand on May 15th, 02007

Consilience defeats miasma Steven Johnson began his long zoom survey with the “prior art” of Joyce’s Stephen Daedalus locating himself in himself, his neighborhood, Dublin, on out to the universe. The value of a long zoom is in identifying and employing every scale between the very large and very small, noticing how they change each…  Read More

Ise is rebuilt for the 101st time…

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 12th, 02007

Every 20 years the Shinto temple at Ise is rebuilt. It is an exact copy of the one that has stood there for the last twenty years. They alternate the sites so that they can complete one before taking down the last. Depending on which source you trust, this has been going on, in one…  Read More

Paleo-Future

by Kevin Kelly on May 11th, 02007

The subtitle of this very nifty weblog says it all: A look into the future that never was. Paleo-Future is a steady stream of news about the future that (mostly) did not come true. By rummaging through the archives and dust bins of yesteryear’s futurists, the editors of this blog uncover past predictions about their…  Read More