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Author: [http://alchemi.co.uk/ David Jennings]<br />
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Discussion page for this essay: [[Talk:TheFWD_davidjennings]]
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== Gods or Goats ==
 
== Gods or Goats ==
 
"We are as gods and ''have'' to get good at it," says Stewart Brand, the self-styled eco-pragmatist <ref>''Whole Earth Discipline'' Atlantic Books, 2009</ref>. Planet Craft, as he calls it, involves choosing among potential geo-engineering levers and pulleys, which could buy us some time to rethink our way of life before billions of homeless climate refugees change it for us. Actually it's not a question of levers and pulleys: it's more aerosols in the upper atmosphere and making the clouds over the ocean shinier so that they reflect light and absorb less heat. Still, this is a classic Newtonian clockwork view of a universe that we can keep running smoothly with some judicious hacking of our planet's physics and governance.  
 
"We are as gods and ''have'' to get good at it," says Stewart Brand, the self-styled eco-pragmatist <ref>''Whole Earth Discipline'' Atlantic Books, 2009</ref>. Planet Craft, as he calls it, involves choosing among potential geo-engineering levers and pulleys, which could buy us some time to rethink our way of life before billions of homeless climate refugees change it for us. Actually it's not a question of levers and pulleys: it's more aerosols in the upper atmosphere and making the clouds over the ocean shinier so that they reflect light and absorb less heat. Still, this is a classic Newtonian clockwork view of a universe that we can keep running smoothly with some judicious hacking of our planet's physics and governance.  
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The secret to realising how we may be as gods is to understand that this is not the same "we" that we are used to. The frame of our collective cognition and action has to change. Long Now thinking encourages us to think in longer timeframes <ref>http://www.longnow.org/about/</ref>. We need a Connected We that encourages us to think in wider relationships.  
 
The secret to realising how we may be as gods is to understand that this is not the same "we" that we are used to. The frame of our collective cognition and action has to change. Long Now thinking encourages us to think in longer timeframes <ref>http://www.longnow.org/about/</ref>. We need a Connected We that encourages us to think in wider relationships.  
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As with the contributions to this book, the wisdom and mastery that gives us power is to be found in the links between us, not in the individual nodes.  
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As with the contributions to this book, the wisdom and mastery that gives us power is to be found in the links between us, not in the individual nodes.
 
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