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Long-Term Thinking for a Short-Sighted World

Jim Brumm

Long-Term Thinking for a Short-Sighted World

by Jim Brumm

Long-Term Thinking for a Short-Sighted World

Jim Brumm

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Long-Term Thinking For A Short-Sighted World explains why we rarely think about the long-term consequences of our actions, how this puts our entire species in danger and what we can do to change and ensure a thriving future for mankind.

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Long-Term Thinking for a Short-Sighted World

by Jim Brumm

Long-Term Thinking for a Short-Sighted World

Jim Brumm

Overview

Remember how the world was supposed to end on December 21st, 2012? Scientists and historians predicted this day as the world's last because the ancient Maya calendar 'ended' that day. Turns out the earth kept on turning all through 2013 and up until now.

The truth behind this fluke is quite ironic. The Maya calendar works like the odometer in a car. It counts and counts until it eventually hits maximum, rolls over, and resets. This maximum was set at 13 baktuns, the equivalent of 5,129 years, which the calendar hit on, you guessed it, 12/21/12.

Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. Due to the cyclic system, ancient Maya ruins contain dates that reach back one billion billion years more than that. While we took their calendar at face value, the Mayans were actually outthinking us in terms of long-term vision.

It's this exact phenomenon, our incredibly short-term thinking, that Jim Brumm explores and debunks in Long-Term Thinking for a Short-Sighted World.

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"As a result of our shortsightedness, we are overfeeding the present by stealing from the future."

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Jim Brumm

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