Stewart Brand

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Stewart Brand

America 1938 - present

Comments: Futurist; Doism (do it, inspire others to do it better); campaigned for Earth Day, 1970 ; rural back-to-the-land movement of the 1970s; many people quote his 1st famous line, but forget the rest...here it is in full "Information wants to be free. Information also wants to be expensive. Information wants to be free because it has become so cheap to distribute, copy, and recombine - too cheap to meter. It wants to be expensive because it can be immeasurably valuable to the recipient. That tension will not go away"; plans to build a Millennium Clock, the Clock of the Long Now ; “encourage individual power” ; sponsored "a disk of pure nickel inscribed with 1,500 languages that has been mounted on the Rosetta space probe, which this year is scheduled to land on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, 500 million miles from earth" * ; “De-extinction" aka resurrection of extinct species; passenger pigeon ; woolly mammoths ; biohacking organisms, including ourselves;


Teachers: Ken Kesey; Timothy Leary; Ralph Metzner; Baba Ram Dass; Wavey Gravey; R. Buckminster Fuller; Lewis Mumford; Samuel Hartlib; Jane Jacobs; Paul Hawken; Brian Eno, musician; George Church, molecular biologist; John James Audubon;

Students: Kevin Kelly, WIRED editor; Chuck Furnace; Robert Anton Wilson; Tom Wolfe; Larry Brilliant; Itzhak Bentov; William Calvin; Fritjof Capra; Douglas Hofstadter of Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid; Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder; Tim Flannery, zoologist; Edward O. Wilson, biologist; Stanley Temple; Oliver Ryder, of the San Diego Zoo’s Frozen Zoo; Sergey Zimov of Pleistocene Park in Siberia; Hank Greely ; Jacob Sherkow, Esq; Ben Novak; Beth Shapiro; Doug Armstrong, conservation biologist; David Haussler, of the Genome 10K Project; David Ehrenfeld; Josh Donlan; Daniel Simberloff, ecologist ; Philip Seddon, zoologist; Norman F. Carlin; Ed Green, biomolecular engineer; Danny Hillis; Andre Soares; Nathaniel Rich ;

Friends: Lois Jennings, 1st wife; Ryan Phelan, 2nd wife; Douglas Engelbart, computers; Wendell Berry,poet; Ursula K. Le Guin, SF/Fantasy author; Gregory Bateson, evolutionist; Gary Snyder, poet and founder of City Lights Publisher; Eric Drexler; Gerard K. O'Neill, space enthusiast; Brian Eno, musician; Neal Stephenson, Cyberpunk author; Vernor Vinge, SF author; Alberto Fernández-Arias;

Organizations: Merry Pranksters; the WELL, Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link; Global Business Network; Long Now Foundation; Long Term Thinking seminar series; Revive and Restore (extinct animals);

Author / Publisher: Whole Earth Catalog; Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto; CoEvolution Quarterly (CQ) , 1974 - present; The Whole Earth Software Review, 1984; Environmental Heresies essay, May 2005; We Are As Gods; Burning Libraries; Space Colonies - A CoEvolution Book ; The Long Now;

Quotes: “We are as gods and HAVE to get good at it” ;


From the NYT 5/31/13 - "The person who probably has had the most influence on the feel of contemporary American capitalism, for example, is the aptly named Stewart Brand. He was the hippie, you will recall, who created the Whole Earth Catalog. That compendium of countercultural advice appeared to tilt against corporate America. But it was embraced by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and many other high-tech pioneers. Brand himself created the term personal computer. As early as 1972, he understood that computers, which were just geeky pieces of metal and plastic, could be seen in cool, countercultural and revolutionary terms. We take the ethos of Silicon Valley and Apple for granted, but people like Brand gave it the aura, inspiring thousands of engineers and designers and hundreds of millions of consumers "; still considered the start of the DIY (Do It Yourself) geeks;

Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stewart_Brand; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_WELL; Wired Magazine September 2012, pgs 100 - 106; http://sb.longnow.org/SB_homepage/ ; http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/31/opinion/brooks-the-romantic-advantage.html?hp&_r=0 ; http://boingboing.net/2008/09/18/whole-earth-catalog.html ; http://boingboing.net/2013/11/08/from-the-whole-earth-catalog-t.html ; read some articles from the last 40 years here - http://www.wholeearth.com/category.php?rec=6 ; especially http://wholeearth.com/issue/2099/article/17/burning.libraries ; and http://wholeearth.com/issue/1010/article/195/we.are.as.gods ; http://www.thewire.com/national/2014/01/outer-space-bad-for-people/357493/... but really, we will go into space because population pressure brought about by life extension will leave us no room or resources left on our own planet; * http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/magazine/the-mammoth-cometh.html?hp ; http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/18/change-your-sense-biohacking-for-beginners.html ;