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Clock of the Long Now : Time and Responsibility : The Ideas Behind the World's Slowest Computer

Clock of the Long Now : Time and Responsibility : The Ideas Behind the World's Slowest Computer - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0465007806

Cover of Clock of the Long Now : Time and Responsibility : The Ideas Behind the World
ISBN13: 978-0465007806
ISBN10: 0465007805
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
Published: 1999
International: No

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Clock of the Long Now : Time and Responsibility : The Ideas Behind the World's Slowest Computer - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0465007806

Stewart Brand

ISBN13: 978-0465007806
ISBN10: 0465007805
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

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
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