Author Archives: Dave Pollard

How Do We Teach the Critical Skills Needed to Face Collapse?

So civilization, at least as we know it, is going to collapse — political, economic, social, educational, health, transportation, technological systems all will fail, a bit a first, and then more and more. We have no idea when it will … Continue reading

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Accepting Incoherence and “Unknowingness”

Notes from a reformed sense-maker. For much of my life, I was paid, and rewarded, to make sense of complex situations. I was told I was pretty good at it, especially for my ability to “imagine possibilities” that drew on … Continue reading

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Nothing Has to Make Sense

image of Hoy Creek Trail; screenshot from the video linked below from KWG Vids One of my favourite walks, just a couple of minutes from home, is the Hoy Creek trail that runs from the “city centre” (which is actually … Continue reading

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Our Unique Human Capacity for Hatred

My favourite Michael Leunig cartoon, and one of his darkest. Just about all living species, it seems, feel fear, rage, and grief. These biologically and culturally conditioned emotional responses serve important evolutionary purposes. They are all emotions of the moment — they … Continue reading

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The Importance of Listening

Yeah, I know, we all need to learn to listen better. And I promise, this isn’t a patronizing homily-filled preachy post. It’s actually about two aha! moments that happened to me today. They may not be news to you, but to … Continue reading

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BC’s Mysterious CoVid-19 Deaths Underreporting

Cumulative CoVid-19 deaths for BC, three sources: BC CDC (blue), BC CoVid-19 Modelling Group (green), U of Washington IHME (grey) Early in the pandemic, there was some statistical evidence that BC had been slow on the uptake in capturing and … Continue reading

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Pulitzer

This is a work of fiction. newsroom photo by Adam Tinworth on flickr, (CC BY-ND 2.0) I had been very lucky to land the job at The New Yorker. I had friends of friends who knew their editors. One of … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: August 2022

cartoon by Michael Leunig, of course August in many countries is the month for holidays, for rest, for reflection and preparation for the slog ahead. At one time it was the month where you were most likely to see people … Continue reading

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We Already Live on Mars

cartoon by Shizzblatt on TAHT comics on reddit It’s easy to ridicule the techno-utopians who, in their ongoing denial and defiance of civilization’s accelerating collapse, talk and scheme about leaving this planet and building a new civilization on another one. … Continue reading

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Yet More Crossword Cleverness

Over the last couple of years, I’ve largely switched from NYT crosswords to The New Yorker’s. They seem to have attracted the best of the NYT’s puzzlers, notably Liz Gorski, and they have a much better gender and ethnic minority … Continue reading

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