The Clock of the Long Now

The Clock of the Long Now Time and Responsibility

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Publisher's Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780465007806
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Basic Books
Pub date:
Edition: New Edition
DEWEY: 303.49
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 198
Weight: 217g
Height: 203mm
Width: 127mm
Spine width: 14mm