Author Archives: Dave Pollard

A Future Without “Us”

This is a modestly revamped version of a thought experiment I wrote five years ago entitled Several Short Sentences About Earth’s Distant Future. At the time it provoked a lot of interesting and mostly positive comments, so I thought I would … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Self-Management

If you are a student of complexity theory, and of philosophy, you can quickly arrive at a place of great cognitive dissonance: On the one hand, our culture is driving us, for quite compelling reasons, to take actions that make … Continue reading

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Interlude

I wander out onto the small balcony, seeking a quiet place to get away from the earnest people gathered inside, people trying to make a hopeless situation better. It is more than I can bear tonight. You, a stranger to … Continue reading

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Rune

So I decided to look closer, to see if I could see the true wonder of everything that is. I bundled up against the rain and chill, set up my tent in the back yard, positioned so that out its … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter: September 2017

Photo taken out the author’s front door yesterday. “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” So says Hamlet, poking gentle fun at the science (“philosophy”) of the day. A few centuries … Continue reading

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We Have No Choice

 New Yorker cartoon by the late Charles Barsotti “Rejoice, rejoice, we have no choice but to carry on!” – Stephen Stills My friend Nancy White just wrote an article lamenting the loss of thoughtful asynchronous communication — the modern equivalent of … Continue reading

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The Worst Idea of All Time: Act 1

[SCENE: The scene is sometime in the future, in a large meeting room, looking dusty and shabby from disuse. There are a dozen people in ragged, patched clothes milling around, seemingly setting up the room for a meeting. At the … Continue reading

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The Hanged Man

When I was younger, two Tarot Cards turned up repeatedly in readings done for me: The Hanged Man, and the Fool. The Hanged Man was interpreted at the time as a sign that I was destined for a life of … Continue reading

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Fourth Composition

I’m pleased to present my fourth composition, entitled Konpasition. Once again it’s entirely original (no loops, no samples). This one was inspired by the rhythms of Haitian Konpa or Compas music (formerly called Zouk, sometimes called Gouyad though that is mainly … Continue reading

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Why We Eat So Badly (and No One Is To Blame)

When I came to appreciate how complex systems work, it enabled me to take a more dispassionate and sympathetic look at the myriad of problems and predicaments facing us. The downside of this was the realization that predicaments can’t be fixed, … Continue reading

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