Author Archives: Dave Pollard

Come See How We Live Here

NYC-Dublin portal; photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters via CBC OK, so this is another of Dave’s wild and crazy ideas. This one is especially annoying because I have neither the expertise/resources to bring it to fruition, nor the social skills to … Continue reading

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What Just Apparently Happened

The ‘model of reality’ referred to in this article is shown in blue on the diagram above. So ‘I’ apparently ‘wake up’. A conditioned series of biological responses increases the blood flow to certain parts of this body and brain, … Continue reading

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How Might We Undermine the PMC?

Fourteen years ago, I wrote a very long article that became the lion’s share of Chapter Two of Keith Farnish’s book Underminers. My article was about the Tools of Disconnection — the cultural mechanisms by which we became disconnected from … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: May 2024

Public Service Announcement: If reading my links of the month is unbearably depressing for you, just skip down to the very bottom of this post and at least read Lyz Lenz’s little story on Mothering. Everything else here will probably … Continue reading

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Happiness is Just Chemistry, and Its Absence

(like everything on my blog, my graphics are covered by Creative Commons licence) What is it about us that we never seem to be happy, at least for long? What does it even mean to be happy? There have been endless studies … Continue reading

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Why Unregulated Capitalism Always Leads to Enshittification

(right click to open chart in a new tab, or click here, to view full-size; like everything on my blog, my graphics are covered by Creative Commons licence) Lots of ideas work well in theory, but many of them don’t work … Continue reading

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Our Curious Propensity to Ignore New Evidence

What is a “belief” anyway, and how does it get “there”? The word belief comes from the old Germanic root that also gives us love and it originally meant something (impersonal) we care about and trust strongly.  I would argue that … Continue reading

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An Age Which Advances Progressively Backwards

image from piqsels, CC0 What have we to do But stand with empty hands and palms turned upwards In an age which advances progressively backwards? — TS Eliot, “The Rock” (1934) You can’t help but get a terrible sense of … Continue reading

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The Immanence of Everything

Tardigrade photo by Frank Fox at www.mikro-foto.de, from wikimedia CC-BY-SA 3.0 Recently I’ve been reading more of the work of Parul Sehgal, whose article laying out the dangers of stories inspired my last article on immanence, which is perhaps the … Continue reading

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No Possibilities and No Distance

Apologies — another long meandering contemplation of the message of radical non-duality. photo by Laitche at wikimedia, CC-BY-SA 4.0. Taken at Daisen Park, Osaka, Japan My “distinctive competency”, I have often been told, is imagining possibilities. This is considered to be … Continue reading

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