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Stewart Brand
President, Long Now Foundation
Stewart Brand is president of the Long Now Foundation and co-founder of the Revive and Restore project in San Francisco. He edited the Whole Earth Catalog (1968-74) and his latest book is Whole Earth Discipline (2010).

Written by Stewart Brand

Essay/
Biology
Rethinking extinction

The idea that we are edging up to a mass extinction is not just wrong – it’s a recipe for panic and paralysis

Stewart Brand