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Deep Time: 100 Years Are Not Much

Deep Time: 100 Years Are Not Much

Why does connecting to deep time matter to us all? Shortsightedness may be the greatest threat to humanity. To be human is to understand that we’re part of a long continuum. Let’s embrace our cosmic context, respect our origins and hold our future close.

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