Friday, October 16, 2009

oldest living things in the world - at The Long Now

Published September 29th, 2009 on The Long Now blog was a post titled Oldest Living Things in the World which is the name of the blog by photographer Rachel Sussman, presenting the fascinating research she conducts  travelling the world to document the oldest living things. Got to her blog to learn more on what her concerns are.

The Long Now foundation (quoting from About Long Now) 'was established in 1996 to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. This foundation wants to provide a 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'.
Interestingly the name was coined by Brian Eno, one of the founding board members upon moving to New York where he found that "here" and "now" meant "this room" and "this 5 minutes" as opposed to the larger here and now he was used to in England. The foundation adopted 'the long now' as their title as they try to stretch out what people consider as now.Great reading for anyone interested in these ideas!

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