I always find myself thinking a semester ahead this time of year, with part of my attention, and so today I'm thinking about a course I'll teach in the Fall, "The Future of Life."
Eight months is not what Stewart Brand and his friends at the Long Now Foundation call "long-term thinking." They want us to start keeping time on a 10,000 year cycle.
That's still a drop in the bucket, "cosmic calendar"-wise, but it sure puts the 24-hour news cycle mentality to shame. It may just be the change we ultimately need, if life on this dusky orb is to have a long-term future.