Long Now Foundation’s effort to assemble 3,500 books most essential for sustaining or rebuilding humanity, as part of their collaboratively curated library for long-term thinking, the Manual for Civilization.
Here, futurist, environmentalist, and Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand — best-known for authoring the era-defining Whole Earth Catalog and originating the commonly (mis-)quoted aphorism that “information wants to be free” — offers his 76-book contribution to the cumulative library of 3,500 books.
"When you’re self-aware, you get a gut feeling. You have a heartfelt sense. Sometimes those feelings are really important. There’s wisdom in the body. Yet sometimes, if we have been traumatized, for example, the gut feeling we get can lead us astray."
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Karen Bowden's insight:
"But think about the alternative. She doesn’t follow up and keep in touch. She doesn’t ask for introductions. She doesn’t get warm emails to jobs she’s really excited about. She has to do all of the legwork of finding a job on her own. For anyone looking for a job, that’s a lot of work, but for recent college graduates, it’s even tougher because they don’t have a base of business connections yet."
"As an educator, I’m amazed at how effectively these games teach! I think they’re beating us teachers at our own ‘game.’ Many games require the player to learn an extensive collection of skills and strategies as well as the controls and mechanics of the game in a short amount of time while keeping the player motivated. It’s a tall order to get the player up to the skill level required to have an enjoyable experience throughout the game."
"Are you drifting? I hear from readers so often about the notion of "drift" that I'm re-posting this quiz from a few years ago. What is “drift”? Drift is the decision you make by not deciding, or by making a decision that unleashes consequences for which you don’t take responsibility."
Karen Bowden's insight:
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