Well brothers and sisters, sons and daughters- have we? Will we?
Edward Berneys, should be far better known- he was Sigmund Freud’s nephew.
Some explanation and development of his ideas is available here:
I saw this by Rafia Zakaria posted on al Jazeera :
It’s well worth a read
Great piece full of interesting insights. Like the Eno essay best
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 a counterpoint to today’s accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common.
The Clock and Library Projects
Below is an essay by a founding board member Stewart Brand on the need for, and the mechanism by which, The Long Now Foundation is attempting to encourage long-term thinking:
Civilization is revving itself into a pathologically short attention span. The trend might be coming from the acceleration of technology, the short-horizon perspective of market-driven economics, the next-election perspective of democracies, or the distractions of personal multi-tasking. All are on the increase. Some sort of balancing corrective to the short-sightedness is needed – some mechanism or myth which encourages the long view and the taking of long-term…
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The point is, not who is right but that it’s almost impossible for anyone to be able to tell what is “true” without context. The context seems more important than truth, because there isn’t any absolute truth now it’s all mixed up both accidentally and on purpose.
Yesterday, Nat Parry announced the death of his father Robert Parry on Consortium News, a website he created in 1995 in order to create an alternative to the mainstream news. While Robert Parry had announced to his readers on December 31, 2017 that a stroke would inhibit his ability to provide the kind of content they had become accustomed to, the underlying ailment responsible for his untimely death was cancer of the pancreas that he had unknowingly been suffering from for the past 4 to 5 years.
Nat Parry’s article summarizes his father’s considerable accomplishments that date back to Reagan’s war against the Sandinistas. I recommend it as an indication of a career that any journalist could be proud of, as long as the cut-off date is 2011 or so.
He credits his father with digging beneath “the reality of the chemical attack in Syria in 2013” and for…
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Interesting little ideas here…