Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking

Explore hundreds of lectures by scientists, historians, artists, entrepreneurs, and more through The Long Now Foundation's award-winning lecture series, curated and hosted by Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand (creator of the Whole Earth Catalog). Recorded live in San Francisco each month since 02003, past speakers include Brian Eno, Neil Gaiman, Sylvia Earle, Daniel Kahneman, Jennifer Pahlka, Steven Johnson, and many more. Watch video of these talks and learn more about our projects at Longnow.org. The Long Now Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to fostering long-term thinking and responsibility.




Martin Rees: Prospects for Humanity

To think usefully about humanity’s future, you have to bear everything in mind simultaneously. Nobody has managed that better than Martin Rees in his succinct summing-up book: ON THE FUTURE: Prospects for Humanity. As the recent President of the Royal Society (and longtime Royal Astronomer), Rees is current with all the relevant science and technology. At 76, he has seen a lot of theories about the future come and go...



Niall Ferguson: Networks and Power

“This time is different.” Historians: “Ha.” “The Net is net beneficial.” Historian Niall Ferguson: “Globalization is in crisis. Populism is on the march. Authoritarian states are ascendant. Technology meanwhile marches inexorably ahead, threatening to render most human beings redundant or immortal or both...


 2018-11-20  1h30m

Mary Lou Jepsen: Toward Practical Telepathy

With her stunning breakthroughs in neural imaging, Mary Lou Jepsen is making the brain readable (and stimulatable) in real time...


 2018-10-30  1h29m

Stewart Brand: Whole Earth Catalog 50th Anniversary Celebration

50 years ago, Stewart Brand launched the Whole Earth Catalog — one of the cornerstones of the American counterculture. The evening program of The Whole Earth Catalog 50th Anniversary Celebration was held on October 13, 02018, and featured conversations between Whole Earth Catalog contributors and contemporary wave-makers as they discussed the legacy of the Catalog and what the next 50 years might hold...


 2018-10-14  2h0m

Julia Galef: Soldiers and Scouts: Why our minds weren't built for truth, and how we can change that

An expert on rationality, judgement, and strategy, Julia Galef notes that "our capacity for reason evolved to serve two very different purposes that are often at odds with each other. On the one hand, reason helps us figure out what’s true; on the other hand, it also helps us defend ideas that are false-but-strategically-useful. I’ll explore these two different modes of thought — I call them “the scout” and “the soldier” — and what determines which mode we default to...


 2018-09-13  1h32m

Juan Benet: Long Term Info-structure

Advance tickets for this Seminar are sold out. A limited number of tickets will be released starting at 6:30pm at the ticket tables in the theater lobby. Doors to the theater open at 7:00pm. Long Now Members can watch our live video stream and a public podcast will be released after the talk. "We live in a spectacular time,” says Juan Benet. "We're a century into our computing phase transition...


 2018-08-07  1h29m

George P. Shultz: Perspective

Perspective? No one has a longer or better-informed view of world affairs and America's role than George Shultz, now 97. (Henry Kissinger is only 95.) Secretary Shultz was a US Marine Captain in World War II. After becoming an economics professor at MIT and the University of Chicago he served the Nixon administration as Secretary of Labor, then director of the Office of Management and Budget, then Secretary of the Treasury...


 2018-07-17  1h3m

Chris D. Thomas: Are We Initiating The Great Anthropocene Speciation Event?

The bad news (not news to most): Many wild species are under severe duress. The good news (total news to most): “Nature is thriving in an age of extinction.” Ecologist and evolutionary biologist Chris Thomas has examined a little-noticed phenomenon around the world, that as an unintentional byproduct of massive human impact, biodiversity is increasing in pretty much every region of the world. Evolution has sped up...


 2018-06-20  1h40m

Benjamin Grant: Overview: Earth and Civilization in the Macroscope

Advance tickets for this Seminar are sold out. There will be a limited number of released tickets starting at 6:30pm, please come to the ticket tables in the theater lobby to inquire if any are available. Doors to the theater open at 7:00pm. Civilization is both astonishing and astonishingly various when viewed from slightly above. Not so far above as to be lost in planetary context, but just high enough to see a fascinating thing whole, entire, intensely peculiar and informative...


 2018-05-23  1h21m

Kishore Mahbubani: Has the West Lost It? Can Asia Save It?

In Kishore Mahbubani’s view, global power is shifting from the West to the Rest—from Europe and North America to Asia and Africa. He argues that changes will be required both in the West and the Rest to manage the shift gracefully for long-term stability. The rest of the world has learned a great deal from the West. Now it is the West’s turn to learn and to dispel some of its myths about the new world order...


 2018-04-24  1h31m