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The Speculist Essentials

Here's our list of essentials to date:

1. Movie or TV show
Field of Dreams | Johnny Quest | Star Trek (all editions) | Blade Runner | 2001: A Space Odyssey | Gattaca | Wall-E | Battlestar Galactica (re-do) | Being John Malkovich | Dr. Zhivago

2. Fiction book
Permutation City | Blood Music | The Golden Age trilogy | Rainbow's End | A Wrinkle in Time | Burning Chrome collection | Brave New World | Great Sky River | Earth

3. Nonfiction book
It's Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends of the Last 100 years | The Age of Spiritual Machines | The Singularity Is Near | Radical Evolution | Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny | Evolution: The Triumph Of An Idea | Plough, Sword, and Book | Supercrunchers | The Meaning of the 21st Century

4. Website
The Speculist | | Evo Devo Universe | Instapundit | | | Wolfram Alpha | Wikipedia |

5. Event
2003 Foresight Vision Weekend | Founding of the Foresight Institute | Witnessing the in-progress CGI work on the Genesis Planet sequence for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the first fully CGI sequence in film history | Accelerating Change 2005 | The World Transformed on FastForward Radio | The Scientific Revolution | Burning Man (back in the day) | The Internet | H+ Summit 2009

6. Person
John Smart | Buckminster Fuller | Aubrey de Grey | Bill Gates | K. Eric Drexler | Karl Popper | Craig Venter | Joseph Campbell | Ray Kurzweil

Thanks to the futurists who have contributed to our list:
Phil Bowermaster | Stephen Gordon | Alex Lightman | Jef Allbright | P. J. Manney | Wayne Radinsky | Sally Morem | David Meskill | Belle Black | Josie Valderrama |


A new category: Children's Books

Presuming reading will remain a useful life skill regardless of changes in the media, the one media best shared between a toddler and tutor is the big, colorful, poetic, "picture story" book. Sit in my lap. I'll hold the covers, you turn the pages. Watch my finger as I point out bits of interest. Learn how to decipher the signals...

Good Night, Moon.
Is Your Mama A Llama?
Guess How Much I Love You.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie...
Go, Dog, GO!
The Cat in the Hat.
Mike Mulligan and his Steve Shovel.
The Little Engine that Could.
The Poky Little Puppy.
Make Way for Ducklings.
Runaway Bunny.
The Puppy who Wanted A Boy.
Horton Hatches the Egg.
Stone Soup.

If everything worth reading fits on a five foot shelf, what else would fit on that shelf in the nursery?

Speaking of the presumption that reading will persist ...
My daughters took to reading early and easily, while my son, for some reason, resisted. However, during a TV cartoon session:

Zoltar had kidnapped Jan and Jase, and left Space Ghost a ransom note. Space Ghost picked up the note, and the picture showed us all the handwritten text while the superhero recited, aloud...

My kid announced, in amazement: "Space Ghost can READ!?!"

Me: "Well,yeah kid. It's the first superpower. You need that one to get all the others. Even in space. Even in the future."


That pretty much settled the argument.

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