Category Archives: How the World Really Works

Conversations That Matter: What It Takes to Have Them

photo by Maren Yumi on flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Ironically, despite the fact that I engage in fewer conversations than I used to (maybe because since I’m retired I don’t have to, and because I find few conversations valuable anyway), I’ve started … Continue reading

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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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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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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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The Technologies I’ll Miss

photo from the good folks at pixabay As our civilization slowly falls apart over the coming decades, there are some technologies I will miss a lot more than others. Some of these are obvious — it’s now hard to imagine living … Continue reading

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The Agnostic Game

This little guy, unlike ‘us’, is completely immersed in the game of life; while he thinks and feels and senses, he takes nothing personally. He is just a part of all-that-is, in no way separate. His life, unlike ours, is … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter: September 2018

Cartoon by Hugh Macleod from Gaping Void Physicist Sean Carroll, a leading-edge thinker and researcher on quantum mechanics and astrophysics. just did a podcast in which he says: You want to know why the universe is, you’re not going to … Continue reading

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