Category Archives: Our Culture / Ourselves

Love Story

Humans are obsessed with stories. Most of our communications are stories. Most of our entertainments (film, music, theatre, reading) are stories. Our cultures are mostly about the shared stories we have come to believe. And often our primary concern when … Continue reading

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Non-Duality: Three Ways of Describing the Elephant

It’s now been 7 years since I began striving to become more “present” and 4 years since I gave up the struggle and accepted that there is no path to presence, liberation, awakening, enlightenment, or (fill in your favoured word here). When … Continue reading

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Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

Photo: Luke MacGregor for Bloomberg A century ago, a small group of psychopaths, who had been largely ridiculed as incompetent buffoons for more than a decade before, rode a wave of confusion, chaos and anger over inequality to autocratic terror, … Continue reading

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How Our Bodies Sense the World, and How ‘We’ Misinterpret It

Las Vegas street mural “sensory perception” by Jef Logan; flickr photo taken by wiredforlego CC BY-NC 2.0 When we look out over the sea, listen to a song, touch a pinecone, smell the salt air, or taste a raspberry, we perceive what our … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter: June 2018

multimedia reprocessed/washed/painted photo produced by my friend Ron Woodall Carlo Rovelli is a highly-respected theoretical physicist whose work is focused on the concept of quantum gravity. Each book, in which he writes about his latest thinking, is stranger than the last. … Continue reading

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Plus Ça Change

photo by the author “Everything had changed, but nothing seemed different” — Meg Hutchinson, True North Lately I’ve been reading back over some of the old posts in this 15+ year-old blog. Some of what I wrote still mostly makes … Continue reading

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Cultural Isomorphism

New Yorker cover by Charles E Martin from September 11, 1971 During today’s conference call of the Municipalities in Transition group, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Tom Henfrey of the Schumacher Institute, who introduced us to the term “coercive isomorphism”. … Continue reading

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Dean Walker Interviews Dave on Collapse, Grief & Non-Duality

This is a long (55min) and very indulgent interview that Dean did with me last week. He asks great questions, and lets me ramble on (perhaps a bit too much). It’s probably the closest to the real “me” that’s ever … Continue reading

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Useless Advice

I am watching a pair of violet-green swallows trying to get to their nest, which happens to be in the powder room vent of my house. Swallows have nested there every summer I’ve been here, though it means a sudden … Continue reading

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Fragments

What we think of as our ‘life’ is actually just an infinite series of fragments. Each day when ‘we’ awaken, a useless bit of software that has evolved in our brains starts up and stitches together from ‘memory’ what it believes … Continue reading

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