I Am Stewart Brand, revivor of extinct species
The current delightful ruckus concerns the emerging prospect of bringing back extinct species whose DNA can be recovered from museum specimens and some fossils. (No dinosaurs, alas.) I'm the co-founder of "Revive & Restore," a project within The Long Now Foundation. This month National Geographic has a cover story on de-extinction, and last week there was a TEDxDeExtinction that stirred up a lot of press and interest. Last month I gave a TED talk on de-extinction that has been drawing traffic. You may have some questions about how de-extinction will work, why bother, and which species to resurrect.
I'm new to Reddit (no excuse), but back in the day I did co-found the first Hackers Conference in 1983 and The WELL in 1984. Before that I was the first to write about hackers, in 1972 (that was in Rolling Stone). There's a good book about all that called FROM COUNTERCULTURE TO CYBERCULTURE, by Fred Turner.
I'm an ardent conservationist, which lately has set me at odds with some of my fellow environmentalists. Along with restored wild lands, I favor nuclear power and transgenic crops (GMOs), plus ever denser and Greener cities. My book on the matter is WHOLE EARTH DISCIPLINE: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto. There's material about it on my somewhat out-of-date website. I posted about this IAmA on Google+.
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I see a few downvoters. Would some of you speak up and say why? Thanks! The voting appears to have remained consistent at 8:2, up to down, right from the start. Is the voting always so fractal? 100 points! I set that as my threshold to go get some lunch (3 hours late). I'll check back in a few hours and then call it a day. Thank you for delightful and insightful conversation.