Author Archives: Dave Pollard

Simpler, Yet

Our brains, crazy patterning devices that they are, are constantly trying to see patterns — connections, causes, continuities, reasons, purposes, justifications — for everything they perceive. There actually aren’t any, but that doesn’t stop the brain. It has to try … Continue reading

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The Rogue Primate

Image from wikimedia by Nick Hobgood, CC-BY-SA 3.0 I. Is human destructiveness a consequence of the evolution of the self? I have spent much of my life arguing that humans are not significantly different from any other living creature, and … Continue reading

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What Happened Next, Apparently

image by amira_a from flickr, via pixhere, cc by 2.0 What apparently happened was that among the eight humans who had seemingly gathered on the beach to watch the sunset, it was suddenly realized that there was no one. That … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter: March 2019

I posted a special ‘links of the month’ in January to showcase some important new writing about civilization’s collapse, so this quarter’s links are a bit lighter in both volume and tone than usual. Hope you enjoy them. PREPARING FOR … Continue reading

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We Can’t Imagine

image from spirit111 at pixabay cc0 to see that there is no ‘us’, nothing apart, that everything is just a wondrous appearance, that there is only ‘oneness’ (though that poor word doesn’t begin to describe it, it’s as close as a ‘language … Continue reading

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Collaboration is the Hallmark of Community

I‘ve spent many hours over the past four months rehearsing for a choir performance, a benefit for our local food bank. The world premiere concert was last night and played to a sold-out crowd, and it was a huge success … Continue reading

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A New Model for Transition?

It’s been a while since I’ve written on this blog about a real ‘aha!’ moment. Thanks to Kate Raworth, I just had one. Kate is the author of The Doughnut Economy, an astonishingly simple economic model that captures our current … Continue reading

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Even Simpler and More Hopeless Than That

image from youtube video by principieuniversi.com  I‘ve always had a deep-seated, intuitive preference for explanations and theories that are at once simple (“a theory should be as simple as possible, but no simpler” as Einstein possibly said), and complex (not … Continue reading

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Glimpses

“April is the cruellest month” — The first line of TS Eliot’s The Wasteland, originally read “February is the cruelest month”, but Ezra Pound insisted it be changed, not to make it truer, but because it sounded better poetically. Image … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: January 2019 — Collapse Watch Edition

image from Gail Tverberg’s article, described below For the last few years I’ve been posting links to the best (in my opinion) articles, videos and quotes published in the past quarter, on a variety of subjects. Since my December list … Continue reading

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