Re: Clock of the Long Now

From: Natasha Vita-More (
Date: Tue Jan 04 2000 - 08:43:31 MST

At 12:40 PM 1/4/00 +0100, you wrote:
>Robert Bradbury <> writes:
>> I'm still thinking what I thought at Extro3 -- and the point is ???
>> If they are doing this to try and get us to wake up and go slower,
>> all I can do is wish them is lots of luck. I'd put the odds pretty
>> low for the thing lasting long enough for the first cuckoo to tweet.
>Remember Kelly's talk about time capsules - few last even a few years.
>I think the aim is a bit more reasonable than just make us go slower,
>and that is to make people think over longer time periods.

I think this is what Stewart Brand had in mind for the project. His
chapter "Generations" is one that relates to living longer and enjoying
life as well as taking responsibility "because you hang around long enough
to suffer the consequences of your short-sighted actions, then immortality
logically leads to infinite responsibility." And this is why I asked
Stuart to contribute to my anthology on living longer (and talk at Alcor's
Technology conference.) I think that his perspective of the LONG NOW is
one that relates to extropian ideas due largely to time and responsibility.

>(snip) While blazingly fast
>activity is part of this thinking, the other side is extreme longevity
>and projects spanning enormous scales.


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