The Clock Of The Long Now: Time and Responsibility

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Basic Books, Aug 1, 2008 - Philosophy - 208 pages
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Using the designing and building of the Clock of the Long Now as a framework, this is a book about the practical use of long time perspective: how to get it, how to use it, how to keep it in and out of sight. Here are the central questions it inspires: How do we make long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare? Discipline in thought allows freedom. One needs the space and reliability to predict continuity to have the confidence not to be afraid of revolutions Taking the time to think of the future is more essential now than ever, as culture accelerates beyond its ability to be measured Probable things are vastly outnumbered by countless near-impossible eventualities. Reality is statistically forced to be extraordinary; fiction is not allowed this freedom This is a potent book that combines the chronicling of fantastic technology with equally visionary philosophical inquiry.
 

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Touted as "the least recognized most influential thinker in America," Brand, creater of The Whole Earth Catalog, wears that mantle with aplomb in his latest offering. He takes on civilization's ... Read full review

Contents

Notional Clock
Kairos and Chronos
Moores Wall
The Singularity
Rush
The Long Now
The Order of Civilization
OldTime Religion
Futurismo
Uses of the Future
Uses of the Past
Reframing the Problems
Slow Science
The Long View
Generations
Sustained Endeavor

ClockLibrary
Ben Is Big
The Worlds Slowest Computer
Burning Libraries
Dead Hand
Ending the Digital Dark Age
10000Year Library
Tragic Optimism
The Infinite Game
Engaging ClockLibrary
January 02000
Notes
Recommended Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
Copyright

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Stewart Brand is the founder of The Whole Earth Catalog and Co-Evolution Quarterly. He is the author of The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at MIT and How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built, and is the Director of the Global Business Network in Emeryville, California. He lives on a tugboat in San Francisco Bay.

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