Civilization is both astonishing and astonishingly various when viewed from 
slightly above.

Not so far above as to be lost in planetary context, but just high enough to 
see a fascinating thing whole, entire, intensely peculiar and informative.  The 
glory is in the high-resolution details, in the perpetually surprising 
god’s-eye perspective, and in the shocking patterns that we arrange things in 
without even knowing it.

Revel in a host of such images and the understanding that emerges from them 
with collector/curator Benjamin Grant, author of the book Overview and host of 
the dazzling Instagram project “Daily Overview 

"Overview: Earth and Civilization in the Macroscope," Benjamin Grant, SFJAZZ 
Center, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, 7pm, Tuesday May 22.  The show starts 
promptly at 7:30pm.

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June 19 - Chris Thomas, Are We Initiating The Great Anthropocene Speciation 
July 16 - George Shultz, Perspective 
August 6 - Juan Benet, Long Term Info-structure 
September 12 - Julia Galef, Soldiers and Scouts: Why our minds weren't built 
for truth, and how we can change that 

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