We Are as Gods

Between 1968 and 1972, Stew­art Brand pub­lished The Whole Earth Cat­a­log. For Steve Jobs, it was a “Bible” of his gen­er­a­tion, a kind of Google 35 years before Google came along (see the excel­lent com­mence­ment speech where Jobs makes these com­ments.) More recent­ly, Brand found­ed The Long Now Foun­da­tion, which is all about cul­ti­vat­ing “slower/better” think­ing instead of the “faster/cheaper” mind­set that dom­i­nates our day. (You can get The Long Now pod­cast here: iTunesFeed — Web Site.  It’s also in our Ideas & Cul­ture Audio Col­lec­tion.) Brand is good at look­ing thought­ful­ly into the future, and above he takes a long-range view on our glob­al cli­mate prob­lems. The upshot is that “we are as gods” and we had bet­ter get good at it. If you watch, you’ll see what I’m talk­ing about. This video orig­i­nal­ly comes from the EDGE.org.

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