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. The glory is in the high-resolution details, in the perpetually surprising god’s-eye perspective, and in the shocking patterns that we arrange things in without even knowing it.
Revel in a host of such images and the understanding that emerges from them with collector/curator Benjamin Grant, author of the book “Overview” and host of the Instagram project “Daily Overview: https://www.instagram.com/dailyoverview.”
“Overview: Earth and Civilization in the Macroscope” was given on May 22, 02018 as part of Long Now’s Seminar series. The series was started in 02003 to build a compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking from some of the world’s leading thinkers. The Seminars take place in San Francisco and are curated and hosted by Stewart Brand. To follow the talks, you can:
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