Monday, September 8, 2008

The Long Now Foundation

From their website:

The Long Now
The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996* to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide counterpoint to today's "faster/cheaper" mind set and promote "slower/better" thinking. We hope to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

The Name
The term was coined by one of our founding board members, Brian Eno. When Brian first moved to New York City he found that in New York here and now meant this room and this five minutes, as opposed to the larger here and longer now that he was used to in England. We have since adopted the term as the title of our foundation as we are trying to stretch out what people consider as now.

I've been thinking a lot about the ideas of "here" and "now", a.k.a. place and time. What is the size of "here", and what is the length of "now"? Obviously there are many possible answers to these questions, but I think the difference between my answer and yours can lead to miscommunications and misunderstandings. Each of us has our own perspective of time and place. How can I visualize this concept?

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