Author Archives: Dave Pollard

Ten Important Things I Learned From Very Intelligent Women

images of Alice Walker and Ursula Le Guin, CC-SA 2.0 from wikimedia Women write just over half of the books that are published each year, almost double the proportion of just a generation ago. These books are skewed towards fiction, … Continue reading

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The Four Horsemen, Updated

Photo of Harold Gosney’s sculpture of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, from Humber Museums Partnership on flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). From left to right, the horsemen are Famine, Disease, Death, and War. The renaming shown above is my own … Continue reading

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Not Longing For Anything To Be Different

(This chart is yet another attempt to create a model of how human conditioning works. This article is focused on the fourth example — situations that make us long for what we believe and imagine “could be”, or what we … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: July 2024

yep, whether you look at us through a moral lens, a scientific lens, a philosophical lens, or a satirical lens, we cannot help be only and exactly what. and who, we are; cartoon by Will McPhail Everyone’s obsessed with the … Continue reading

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In Critical Condition

Many of my articles on free will and non-duality argue (perhaps obsessively) that: All human behaviour is (no more and no less than) the biologically and culturally conditioned response of our bodies to the circumstances of the moment. There is … Continue reading

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The Devil You Say

This is a work of fiction. image by Sammy Sander on pixabay — free for use under their content licence I went in search of the Devil. Surely, I thought, there must be someone to blame for this mess. At … Continue reading

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War Games

map by TD Projects, 2009; thanks to Indrajit Samarajiva for the link The latest article from historian and lifelong public service ‘insider’ Aurélien argues that we shouldn’t worry about WW3. Nobody wants a war anymore, he argues — it’s bad … Continue reading

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Unreal

This is a work of fiction. ai generated image by pixabay contributor anyamaya; free to use under pixabay’s content licence It was about that time that she realized that she liked her imaginary friends better than her real ones. They … Continue reading

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Untethered, Still

This is #31 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. Cartoon by Michael Leunig Oh, people! I know we’re supposed … Continue reading

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Nothing Is Required

comic by Reza Farazmand Nothing is required for things to appear exactly as they appear. Time is not required: for time is just something we imagine because we can’t make sense of everything-only-apparently-happening all-at-once. Causality and consequence are not required: … Continue reading

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