Author Archives: Dave Pollard

What Do We All Care About?

a repurposed cartoon from two years ago, original artist unknown; thanks to John Whiting for the link As 2023 began, Paul Heft and I, along with some of Paul’s friends, were exchanging links and emails on a series of end-of-year … Continue reading

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Alternate Reality

As I wake up this morning, the view out the window (above) doesn’t look auspicious for thoughtful meandering outdoors. So I decide to do my regular month-end “reflective walk” on the treadmill in the apartment’s gym. There are now lots … Continue reading

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The 40 Missing Minutes

propofol molecular structure, per wikipedia, CC0 Last week I went to the hospital for a colonoscopy. I was given a general anaesthetic called Propofol, a relatively new (1990) drug that has received a lot of publicity, and is in wide-spread … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Another World

drawing by Michael Leunig Oh, to live in a world in which our instincts tell us that all wars and all acts of violence are unwise and deplorable, a world in which we immediately and relentlessly strive to end them, … Continue reading

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The YouTube Power Law, and My Favourite Subscriptions

When blogs were new and all the rage, Clay Shirky published something called the “Power Law” that said the popularity of blogs followed an exponential “power curve” that looked like a curved hockey stick — Y=mXb. That meant that 1% … Continue reading

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Landscapes of Silence

image from the cover of Landscapes of Silence Over the years I’ve given away more than a dozen copies of English anthropologist Hugh Brody’s 2002 book The Other Side of Eden. The book articulates the vast difference between indigenous (etym. … Continue reading

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Is ‘Consciousness’ an Autoimmune Disease?

Dave’s craziest idea yet. More radical non-duality non-sense. Dilbert, by Scott Adams Especially in more affluent nations, there is an epidemic of autoimmune diseases sweeping the globe. These diseases, of which there are over 100, now affect 10% of the … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: December 2022

New Yorker cartoon by Paul Noth I’ve had several people tell me they can no longer bear to read the politics and economics and ‘collapse watch’ sections of these links posts — they find them too infuriating and depressing. They’re … Continue reading

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Democracy Without Elections

“We can’t rely on anything anymore. Our economic and political systems seem hopelessly corrupt and broken, beyond repair. We can’t trust what the media are telling us anymore. And now AI is creating articles and pictures and videos that look … Continue reading

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An Unreasonable Species

Dilbert cartoon by Scott Adams We have the mistaken belief, I think, that we are in essence a rational species. While there is no question in my mind that we are a rationalizing species, they are not at all the … Continue reading

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