Author Archives: Dave Pollard

This Is What Collapse Looks Like

Every day now, the news is replete with evidence that, everywhere, things are falling apart faster and faster, and nothing of consequence is being, or can be, done about it. Every civilization collapses, but the collapse of our current global … Continue reading

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What We Say and What We Do

Yep, that annoying graphic again. If the subject of free will and conditioning doesn’t fascinate you, give this post a pass. There is something terribly counter-intuitive about the idea, contained in the above graphic, that while our behaviours can condition … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: June 2024

cartoon by Michael Leunig from his fans’ FB page If you’re looking for The Truth, you won’t find it here. Just opinions. Stated or implied by what is included in the links below, and perhaps more importantly what is excluded. … Continue reading

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The Thing About AI

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with economic, political and ecological collapse, genocides, grotesquely incompetent ‘leaders’, and nuclear brinkmanship, now we also have to worry about AI. To some extent, as Indrajit Samarajiva has repeatedly pointed out, … Continue reading

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Not Knowing

The verbs we use to confirm or refute our acceptance of the beliefs and worldviews of those we know, comprise a sort of code, like a hidden handshake, or a shaken fist. We are asked whether we condone or condemn … Continue reading

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Are We Communitarian By Nature, or Merely Tribal?

image above from the wild human initiative This month, Aurélien has wandered a bit afield and speculated on the fundamental nature of the human animal. I think most of us can agree that the cult of rugged individualism that has … Continue reading

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Delaying Global Economic Collapse: Extend-and-Pretend

When I’ve written about the accelerating collapse of the systems (economic, political, ecological etc) underlying our global civilization, I usually stress the particular vulnerability of our economic systems, and why I believe they will be (and are already starting to … Continue reading

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Story

This is a work of fiction. story … and then, sometimes, I will just believe your whole story, every little hairy audacious detail of it: the tryst, the mystery, the close calls and near-misses, the sidelong glances that you knew … Continue reading

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The Nature of the Beast

This post concerns and describes situations and events that may be disturbing to some readers.  The graphics in this post, like all original content on this blog, is covered by a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 licence Over the last … Continue reading

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A Dragon, Several Stories High

This is #30 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. a children’s book about the dangers of ignoring a problem … Continue reading

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