Category Archives: Our Culture / Ourselves

Links of the Quarter: June 2019

image of the Maldives by David Mark from Pixabay, CC0; the islands will likely be completely submerged due to sea level rise from glacial melt by mid-century I’ve recently updated the (highly subjective) list of my ‘best’ 94 posts. That’s out … Continue reading

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Things I Do While Waiting, Hopelessly, for the Dawn

photo by Vahap Kìlüken from pxhere, cc0 The expression the dark night of the soul seems to resonate with a lot of people. It’s used as a metaphor for times of extreme personal, often existential, doubt, angst, hopelessness, depression, meaninglessness, purposelessness, … Continue reading

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Where We Are Now: More on the Culture of Fear

Image of ghost town in Japan, near Nagasaki, abandoned when the coal ran out, from pxhere, CC0 Three years ago I wrote an article entitled A Culture Driven By Fear: The Psychology of Collapse that argued that while healthy cultures strive to meet … Continue reading

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What Will It Take?

Last evening a group of about 30 Bowen Islanders watched a documentary called The Reluctant Radical. I arranged it, since the film profiles Ken Ward, who is a friend of Tree’s and who I’ve met a couple of times myself. … Continue reading

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Nothing on Offer Here

image CC0 via maxpixel People want to believe, and they want people who seem to have found answers to tell them what they’ve learned, and what to do as a result. It’s flattering to be asked for advice, and very … Continue reading

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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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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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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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