Monthly Archives: December 2020

Several Short Sentences About… (Greenland) Sharks

Greenland shark swimming under an ice flow in the Canadian arctic WIKIMEDIA COMMONS (CC BY-SA 4.0) I‘ve written these “several short sentences” articles before about two astonishing creatures — jellyfish and bats. This article is about another ancient resident of … Continue reading

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Dave’s 10 Favourite Songs of 2020

Music production may have made a permanent shift during this CoVid-19 stricken year. Quite a few musicians have collaborated “virtually” in the past, taking advantage of powerful new music syncing and editing tools. Other are used to performing most or … Continue reading

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Find the Others

my own photo, searching for the others in Belize, 2008 The exhortation to “Find the Others” was coined by Timothy Leary back in the 70s. Timothy was a psychology researcher at Harvard University, known for his experiments with psilocybin and … Continue reading

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Untethered

This is my anxious season. Normally at this time of year I get worried about ice and snow on my long steep driveway, and on the roads — fear of accidents and falls, and of being trapped inside the house … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Work

child labourers, Pennsylvania, 1910, photo by Lewis Hine in the National Archives The word “work” originally meant “what we do”, and came into use around 900 years ago. At that time it was mostly about craftwork, and the design and … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: December 2020

I’ve been listening to some amazing music from country-rock band Little Big Town about what it’s like to be a woman growing up and living in a patriarchy. Two samples (click on the titles for YouTube videos of the songs): … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Democracy: A World Gone Mad Part 2

Voters in most so-called western democracies could not be blamed if they feel a bit like innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire of a gang war: Whew! We dodged the Trump bullet, but damn! now Biden’s taking aim! The problem … Continue reading

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Some Are More Equal Than Others: A World Gone Mad Part 1

Some people I know think the world has gone mad. I agree with them, but not for the reasons they cite. They think it’s mad for people to be “forced” to wear masks and to stay away from work or … Continue reading

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What Price Freedom?

Image by kaaathi from Pixabay CC0 I have argued before that there is no such thing as an “inalienable right” — in a civilized society, rights and freedoms are granted to us in return for commensurate responsibilities, and balanced against … Continue reading

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