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Sun Apr 21, 02024, 6:00PM UTC

Richard Fisher and Vincent Ialenti

Time-Blinkered: Opening Our Understanding of the Long View

Time-Blinkered: Opening Our Understanding of the Long View

A Long Now Boston Conversation with Richard Fisher, author of The Long View (2024), with special guest Vincent Ialenti (Deep Time Reckoning (2020)), discussing the evolution of our Time-Blinkered age, and how to re-open our understanding to the immensity of deep time, past and future. This virtual event will be live-streamed.

According to Richard Fisher, we live in a time-blinkered age, the result of a long evolutionary process that has increasingly focused our personal, institutional, and cultural perspective on short-term immediate concerns.  Yet there are many examples, past and present, of a more expansive understanding of time.  Such an understanding can enrich our lives, build personal and institutional resilience, and deepen our appreciation for the awe-inspiring and sublime immensity of deep time, past and future.  Richard has spent his career, as author, Senior Journalist with the BBC, and freelance consultant, studying the themes of long-term thinking and time perception.  In 2023 he published of The Long View: Why We Need to Transform How the World Sees Time (Wildfire, March 2023).  The book is an excellent, well-written exploration of his research, his personal experiences and his deep insights about how time can be perceived.  Richard explores the history of temporal perspectives, the evolution of our time-blinkered age, and the ways to re-open our personal and cultural understanding to the awe-inspiring and sublime immensity of deep time, past and future.

In this live-streamed virtual event, Richard will be joined by special guest Vincent Ialenti, a former Long Now Boston speaker  (How to Foster Deep Time Thinking) and author of Deep Time Reckoning (2020).  Vincent’s current book project, Longstorming, is an anthropological exploration of how the process of weaving together threads of thought about past and future possibilities can alter how people think, perceive, and live in the here and now-- leading to changes in different communities' worldviews, value systems, and ethical frameworks.

Among the questions the presenters will address:

  • How can we unlock our own short-term blinkers, and disengage from short-term preoccupations, to build a stronger appreciation of deep time?

  • What methods can we use to expand time consciousness among family, friends and colleagues?

  • What are some examples of institutions or cultures that demonstrate temporal intelligence and resilience?

  • How can we, personally and collectively, support efforts to defuse short termism?

We hope to see you there!


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Richard Fisher is a Senior Journalist with the BBC in London, writing and commissioning feature-length stories for the website BBC.com, and the author of The Long View: Why We Need to Transform How the World Sees Time (Wildfire, March 2023).   He is also a freelance editorial consultant, speaker and writer, whose work spans science, technology, health, history and philosophy, and is particularly interested in stories and ideas with the themes of long-term thinking and time perception.   Richard is also an Honorary Research Associate at University College London, teaching a module on the MSc Science Communication course, and formerly a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, where he researched the history and causes of short-termism, the psychology of time, and the long view of humanity and the planet.  His book The Long View, published 30 March 2023, explores these ideas in depth. He also writes a newsletter called The Long View: A Field Guide.

Richard Fisher
Richard Fisher

Vincent Ialenti is currently a Research Associate at Cal Poly Humboldt's Department of Environmental Studies, formerly an Assistant Research Professor at George Washington University, and a MacArthur Postdoctoral Fellow at University of British Columbia. His book, Deep Time Reckoning (MIT Press, 2020), draws on his anthropological fieldwork among Finland’s nuclear waste repository experts to propose imaginative strategies for envisioning far future worlds. He earned a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from Cornell University and a MSc in Law, Anthropology & Society from the London School of Economics. Vincent is currently working on a new book project, Longstorming, an anthropological exploration of how the process of weaving together threads of thought about past and future possibilities can alter how people think, perceive, and live in the here and now-- leading to changes in different communities' worldviews, value systems, and ethical frameworks.

Vincent Ialenti
Vincent Ialenti

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