Category Archives: Our Culture / Ourselves

What Would Net Zero Emissions by 2025 Look Like?

graph by Our World in Data The latest IPCC report says that in order to prevent catastrophic climate change global net CO2 emissions will have to reach net zero by 2050, from their current levels of 33-38B tons rising by … Continue reading

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Happy Now?

image from Succo at pixabay CC0 You’ve probably seen the 2004 talk where “happiness guru” Dan Gilbert says that people who have won the lottery and people who have had limbs amputated are equally happy with their lives a year … Continue reading

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What to Believe Now

cartoon by Mort Gerberg (mortgerberg.com) in The New Yorker I am reading Michiko Kakutani’s new book The Death of Truth, and my enduring reaction to it is, “Yeah, obviously, the idea of objective truth is being systematically undermined and mocked … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: October 2019

Too many links already to wait for December, so here’s a special monthly edition of Links of the Quarter. Warning for the soft-hearted: There are at least five tear-jerkers in these links. PREPARING FOR CIVILIZATION’S END award-winning photo by Turkish … Continue reading

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XR and the Defence of Necessity

Image of Ken Ward in 2016 Valve-Turners action, from the film The Reluctant Radical.¬† Last week, Donald Zepeda was found guilty by a jury in Washington State for his actions to disrupt the flow of Alberta tar sands bitumen sludge … Continue reading

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No Accounting

Freedom of the press, 2019, rated from good (deep blue) to very serious (deep red), as self-assessed by members of Reporters Without Borders. From NordNordWest, CC-by-sa-3.0 de, via wikipedia. These are not good times for journalists and independent media. Not … Continue reading

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Haunted by the Ghosts of Our Selves

Sometimes when I write these articles, trying to figure out why I have come to believe the unpopular and unfathomable message of radical non-duality, I feel a bit like a cat chasing its tail. It’s fun, but it doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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Pollard’s Laws and XR

some of the half-million Montr√©alers who participated in yesterday’s climate march; from Greta’s twitter posts One of the things that intrigues me about XR is that their three demands are simple, measurable and revolutionary: Government must tell the truth by … Continue reading

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This Creature

cartoon by the late Charles Barsotti I am looking in the mirror. I no longer see myself; I have come to appreciate that this creature, this character, this strange water-filled bag of organs called a ‘human’, is not ‘me’, that … Continue reading

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If You Wanted to Sabotage the Canada/US Elections…

(In case it isn’t obvious, this article is meant as satire.) image from The Daily Show Canadians go to the polls for a federal election this fall; Americans do so next fall. There is already evidence of large-scale election meddling … Continue reading

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