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Winter 2010 Newsletter

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12th Annual Kistler Prize

• September 30, 2020

“Global Population and the Planetary Future – 2011”

• Humanity 3000 Workshop
• October 27–28, 2011



Norman Myers Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• May 2011

“Global Transitions and Asia 2060” Workshop

• Taipei, Taiwan
• November 2010

Peter Ward Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• October 2010

11th Annual Kistler Prize

• September 2010

“Managing the Future”

• Talk by Sesh Velamoor
• July 2010

“Water – The Crisis Ahead”

• Humanity 3000 Workshop
• April 2010  [AUDIO FILES]






Walter P. Kistler Book Award



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Eric Chaisson Receives Walter P. Kistler Book Award for 2007

Dr. Chaisson is the 2007 recipient of the Walter P. Kistler Book Award, which recognizes authors of science-based books that make important contributions to the public’s understanding of the factors that may impact the long-term future of humanity.

In Epic of Evolution, Eric Chaisson leads the reader through all known forms of evolution, for all of known time, showing how the arrow of time, over billions of years, can be neatly partitioned into seven epochs: particle, galactic, stellar, planetary, chemical, biological, and cultural. “Of all the known clumps of matter in the Universe,” he writes, “life-forms are surely the most fascinating … [but] the arrow of time is not pointing at us.” The next great epoch, Chaisson writes, will likely be “ethical evolution.”

The Walter P. Kistler Book Award is given annually to authors of science-based books that significantly increase the knowledge and understanding of the public regarding subjects that will shape the future of our species. It includes a cash prize of US$10,000 and a certificate, and is presented personally by the originator of the award program, Walter Kistler, benefactor of the Foundation.


Here is a surprisingly integrated universal history that people of all cultures can understand and embrace – a big-bang-to-humankind story about the awe and majesty of twirling galaxies and shining stars, of buzzing bees and redwood trees, of a Universe that has come to know itself. But it’s also a story about our human selves – our origin, our existence, and perhaps our destiny.

As we enter the new millennium, the scenario of cosmic evolution provides a powerful scientific worldview, perhaps even a cosmological imperative, to help us become wise and humane human beings, thus helping us address the many varied challenges along the future arrow of time.

—Dr. Eric J. Chaisson, Epic of Evolution