Tuesday, May 08, 2007

SALT for Humanity

I've been following the SALT talks presented by the Long Now Foundation. Long Now Members can see edited videos of the SALT talks online. Membership is $8/month ($96/year) and helps support the series. Join here.

The SALT schedule through December.

May 11 - Steven Johnson, "The Long Zoom"
Johnson examines how humanity is transformed by its new scaling capability--- our ability now to examine and relate events at the nanometer and nanosecond scale and then zoom right out to a cosmic scale and time frame. With tools like Google Earth and Will Wright's "Spore" game, we all are learning to zoom with comfort. How does that change us?

June 8 - Paul Hawken, "The New Great Transformation"
June 29 - Francis Fukuyama, "'The End of History' Revisited"
Mid-Sept. - Niall Ferguson & Peter Schwartz, "Historian vs. Futurist on Human Progress"
Oct. 12 - Juan Enriquez, "Mapping the Frontier of Knowledge"
Nov. 9 - Rosabeth Moss Kanter, "Enduring Principles for Changing Times"
Dec. 14 - Jon Ippolito & Joline Blais, "The Edge of Art"

The Foundation's Rosetta Stone Project is a global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers building a publicly accessible online archive of ALL documented human languages.

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