Monthly Archives: March 2024

Quack

This is #28 in a series of month-end reflections on the state of the world, and other things that come to mind, as I walk, hike, and explore in my local community. mergansers in Bowen Island’s lagoon; my own photo I‘m sitting … Continue reading

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The Undeclared Cold War

cartoon by Michael Leunig from his fans’ FB page Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you’re always afraid. Step out of line, the men come and take you away. We better stop. Hey, what’s … Continue reading

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Pretzel Logic: If There’s No Free Will, There’s No Self

image of human cortical neurons and glia from Zeiss Microscopy on Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 When asked about things like whether we have free will, or agency, or consciousness, the answer you’ll get from radical non-duality speakers is that “it’s … Continue reading

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Our Tastes and Propensities Are Conditioned Too

K-Pop group XG, one of my conditioned tastes Much of my recent writing has been focused on the realization, once you give up the idea of ‘free will’, that all of our beliefs and behaviours are completely the result of … Continue reading

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Incompetent

image by beastywizard on DeviantArt — CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 The urge to hold someone or something ‘responsible’ for the ruination of our planet is pretty hard to resist. For years I blamed corporations and their bought-and-paid-for politicians. Or I blamed … Continue reading

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Three Characters Walk Into a Bistro…

This is a work of fiction.

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Links of the Month: March 2024

image from gapingvoid.com; Hugh may have meant this seriously; I mean it ironically It’s almost as if the course of history has stalled. Same genocide, same proxy wars, same CIA/Empire destabilization of the rest of the world, same corporations dictating … Continue reading

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Our Conditioned Response to Collapse

Over the past few years, I’ve made some fairly strident statements about the current state of the world as I see it. They include: That our global civilization is now in the accelerating stage of inevitable, complete collapse that we … Continue reading

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“The Next Right Thing”, Revisited

For the first fifteen years or so of this blog, I always felt I had a kind of professional obligation, after imparting what I thought was useful knowledge, to proffer suggestions on what we should do as a result of … Continue reading

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Why Do We Want to Know?

This map, from Multipolarista, shows the US-centred Empire bloc of nations (in red) that subscribe to the US-invented Rules Based International Order. The countries in green do not recognize that order, and they continue to support de facto a UN-centred international … Continue reading

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