The Long Now

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Brian Eno yet again is the author of a fantastic concept (his other I like is scenius).

The ‘long now’ is a conception of the present that understands that it “grows out of the past and is a seed for the future.”

In a bizarre colliding of worlds, Eno points out that most of our plans and actions are focused on a very shortly-arriving future, which puts him in conversation with Peter Thiel’s concept of indefinite optimism. From Eno’s article:

“Our astonishing success as a technical civilization has led us to complacency, to expect that things will probably just keep getting better.”

Eno considers the Long Now a sort of empathy that extends to future generations.


Eno on the Long Now

The content equivalent of the Long Now comes up when discussing longevity online

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