Blowing minds is business as usual at your average TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference, and today in Long Beach, Calif., writer and Whole Earth Catalog editor Stewart Brand lit up imaginations with his presentation on “de-extinction.”

Biotech is going to “liberate conservation”? Does that mean what we think it means? Pretty much.

But dinosaurs are what we want! Groundbreaking special effects aside, “Jurassic Park” really did inspire the public at large to ask, “Why couldn’t we bring back dinosaurs?” — and that was 20 years ago. What are the practical applications (and can we at least get a wooly mammoth)?

[Update: Suja Lowenthal is a member of the city council in Long Beach, Calif.]

Oh man, humans get the blame for everything. At least Brand, founder of the Long Now Foundation, has the boldness to reach back not to the invention of the SUV but to the previous 10,000 years of human existence.

Is it too early to lobby for which species to bring back (and which not to bring back)?

  • walterc

    How soon can we institute a Wooly Mammoth hunting season? I wonder what Wooly Mammoth tastes like.

    • wwbdinct

      If we can train the Wooly to hunt lefties, I’ll be all for it.

    • Steve_J

      Chicken.

  • J. Cox

    99% of all species that have ever roamed the earth are extinct.98.9999999999% of them before man….but global warming and dinosaur farts and stuff.I love when mans hubris rises so high he thinks himself a god….only because watching him fall is that much more entertaining.

    • 29Victor

      And wouldn’t mankind “de-extincting” a sepcies whose extinction we had nothing to do with be just as big an offense to nature as extincting one?

  • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

    I just De-extinction my 1993 VHS Jurassic Park tape…….yes we talked about this before.

  • wwbdinct

    Hold on – according to @weblogtheworld, humans killed off the dinosaurs? WTF?

    • louisiana_mom

      Give it 6 months and the MSM will be citing it, even going so far as to find (government funded) scientist to back up the claim… And the sad part, the low information voters will believe it.

    • CatHerder

      Dinosaurs are not extinct. Their descendants are all around us.

    • http://www.facebook.com/luke.givens.963 Luke Givens

      Maybe you should work on your reading comprehension skills a little bit. It’s just you morons who are making the jump from recently extinct species to dinosaurs.

    • Scott Anderson

      Sometime in 1855 I think.

    • Scott Anderson

      Sometime in 1855 I think.

  • peteee363

    wouldn’t he need to clone two of them, a boy one, and a girl one? unlike what the current society wants us to believe, two boys, or two girls ain’t going to make the species continue. perhaps the dinosaurs went extinct because noah only chose gay ones?

  • T.H. Buck

    To be so smart this guy is a moron. Do none of these people remember how every Jurassic Park movie ends? Also he is trying to blame humanity for 10k years of damage to the earth. Last, for them to completely ignore all of the times non-indigenous species turning invasive seems pretty absurd. Kudzu, wild boar, European rabbit in australia…. Species go extinct for a reason.

    • fox

      10,000 yrs of human abuse. I doubt we have been running the SUV’s that long.

    • fox

      10,000 yrs of human abuse. I doubt we have been running the SUV’s that long.

  • Scott Anderson

    Would the same method work on conservatives in national government?

  • John (it true me am)

    Inevitable but also so dangerous. Not for any Jurassic Park like scenarios but far more practical reasons. The eco-crazies forget that certain species go extinct for a reason. If we reintroduce obsolete species back into the ecosystem, even if just in capitivity, there is no telling the long term repurcussions. And the routine about people driving certain aimals extinct is also absurdity personified, considering they always forget humans are part of the damn ecosystem too.
    This is butterfly effect 101.
    Any species that goes extinct should stay extinct, period.

  • http://backwardsboy.blogspot.com/ BackwardsBoy

    I’m still waiting for my flying car. Evidently, that will have to wait.
    Brand is a mammothithicist!

  • 29Victor

    How can man “put a hole in nature” if we are a part of nature?

    • Matthew Morris

      There you go with logic again. Next you’ll tell us that the big fusion reactor one AU away has something to do with climate. Sheesh.

    • Matthew Morris

      There you go with logic again. Next you’ll tell us that the big fusion reactor one AU away has something to do with climate. Sheesh.

  • gastorgrab

    Stuart Brand, or Russel Brand?

  • Old Patriot

    The mammoth evolved to respond to a certain environment — the Ice Age. Trying to bring them back to live in a warm interval would be self-defeating. Do these people every think? Are they so filled with hubris they think they can do anything, regardless of what actually WORKS? Dumb, dumb, dumb.

  • Old Patriot

    The mammoth evolved to respond to a certain environment — the Ice Age. Trying to bring them back to live in a warm interval would be self-defeating. Do these people every think? Are they so filled with hubris they think they can do anything, regardless of what actually WORKS? Dumb, dumb, dumb.

  • PFPorlock

    But would a velociraptor back-bred from a chicken get any respect?