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I got my ladder back, I have a functioning light in my office again and the Whole Earth Discipline posts should begin again in the next few days.
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I got my ladder back, I have a functioning light in my office again and the Whole Earth Discipline posts should begin again in the next few days.
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Brand's annotations

[Yeah, not much there now but that will change in a month or three]

Read more... )
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Brand's annotations

[Yeah, not much there now but that will change in a month or three]

Read more... )
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The annotations for the next chapter, Gene Dreams, are

The annotated version of this chapter will be completed after I get off book tour—in November and December, 2009.

—SB



Should I keep going or wait until the annotations are up?
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The annotations for the next chapter, Gene Dreams, are

The annotated version of this chapter will be completed after I get off book tour—in November and December, 2009.

—SB



Should I keep going or wait until the annotations are up?
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Brand's annotations

Actually, this chapter might annoy environmentalists even more than the previous one did.

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Brand's annotations

Actually, this chapter might annoy environmentalists even more than the previous one did.

Read more... )
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Brand's annotations

I've been trying to stretch reading this out over as long a period as possible but of the chapters so far, this is the one most likely to send Brand's circle of friends and colleagues into paroxysms of rage.

Read more... )
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Brand's annotations

I've been trying to stretch reading this out over as long a period as possible but of the chapters so far, this is the one most likely to send Brand's circle of friends and colleagues into paroxysms of rage.

Read more... )
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Viking’s jacket copy for Whole Earth Discipline

What this says to me is that the target audience isn't people like me but people in the environmental movement (both activists and passive supporters). Fair enough.

Whole Earth Discipline shatters a number of myths.

That should appeal to the contrarians. Here's hoping he diverts some money that would otherwise go to Superfreakonomics.

I do have one tiny quibble: Yes, we're in the middle of a massive wave of urbanization, yes, the climate does appear to be changing but I question the tense of biotechnology is becoming the world’s dominant engineering tool. Surely during the 10,000 years when farming and domestication were a dominant human activity biotechnology was our major tool? Entire continental ecosystems have been reshaped by humans with what are by our standards pretty basic methods of creating and encouraging lifeforms suitable to our needs. He's probably using the term in a narrower sense than I would.
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Viking’s jacket copy for Whole Earth Discipline

What this says to me is that the target audience isn't people like me but people in the environmental movement (both activists and passive supporters). Fair enough.

Whole Earth Discipline shatters a number of myths.

That should appeal to the contrarians. Here's hoping he diverts some money that would otherwise go to Superfreakonomics.

I do have one tiny quibble: Yes, we're in the middle of a massive wave of urbanization, yes, the climate does appear to be changing but I question the tense of biotechnology is becoming the world’s dominant engineering tool. Surely during the 10,000 years when farming and domestication were a dominant human activity biotechnology was our major tool? Entire continental ecosystems have been reshaped by humans with what are by our standards pretty basic methods of creating and encouraging lifeforms suitable to our needs. He's probably using the term in a narrower sense than I would.
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The front cover can be seen here [1].

This is the "Blue Marble" photo of Earth taken by Apollo 17, arguably the most iconic photo of Earth taken so far.

Even taking into account the fact that a good chunk of the land area shown is desert, I've always been struck by how barren the Earth looks from orbit. I think it's just that I never learned how to recognize vegetation from this perspective.


1: Yes, wikipedia has a shot but I'm not sure I buy their argument for putting it up. Brand's site doesn't say hot-linking to the image is OK so I won't.
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The front cover can be seen here [1].

This is the "Blue Marble" photo of Earth taken by Apollo 17, arguably the most iconic photo of Earth taken so far.

Even taking into account the fact that a good chunk of the land area shown is desert, I've always been struck by how barren the Earth looks from orbit. I think it's just that I never learned how to recognize vegetation from this perspective.


1: Yes, wikipedia has a shot but I'm not sure I buy their argument for putting it up. Brand's site doesn't say hot-linking to the image is OK so I won't.

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