Category Archives: Our Culture / Ourselves

A Succession of Failures

Trump as Canute, ordering back the waves; my own prompt* Aurélien has written a series of articles recently on the subject of competence, or, more specifically, its absence in our globalized civilization culture. As many of our political, economic, social, … Continue reading

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The Humanity-as-Cancer Metaphor

source: note that OWID has been accused of misrepresenting some data to support the optimistic “the world is getting better and better” ideologies of their colleagues such as Bill Gates and Steven Pinker Since I started this blog I’ve often … Continue reading

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Interview with Dave on the Reskillience Podcast

I don’t believe we have free will, nor do I believe that our civilization’s accelerating collapse can be prevented or even mitigated. So I no longer provide advice on what people “should do” in the face of collapse. Instead, I … Continue reading

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Civilization’s Cycle of Trauma

Lately I’ve been trying to integrate Gabor Maté’s ideas about attachment and authenticity, with my thinking about what I’ve called Civilization Disease — the mental illness that seems, to a lesser or greater extent, to have afflicted all of us … Continue reading

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Fear of Collapse: Things Falling Apart, Left and Right

“Riding Into the Unknown”: as depicted by Midjourney AI; not my prompt  Much has been written of late about the “collapse of the left” and the global rise of right-wing populism. In many cases this is (somewhat understandably) blamed on … Continue reading

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Workable Post-Civ Societies: Ideas from Ivan Illich and Gustavo Esteva

In praise of the vernacular. photo of Ivan Illich (2nd left) and Gustavo Esteva (2nd right), from Radical Ecological Democracy The idea of ‘practicing’ how we might live in the societies that emerge after civilization’s collapse has always interested me. … Continue reading

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Healing From Trauma in the Time of Collapse

I want to apologize for the ads that appeared on of one of my recent posts on the version sent out by follow.it to email subscribers — I failed to renew my premium membership that allows these emails to go … Continue reading

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Self-Directed Learning (Sort of)

a photo of my high school, c. 1969 I‘ve written before about my brief, astonishing experience with self-directed learning — aka Unschooling (or “independent study”, as they called it back then) — at the end of my high school years. … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: December 2023

image from Midjourney AI; not my prompt None of it makes sense. It all makes sense. Or rather, none of it has to make sense. It is not about what is sensible, or in any group’s rational self-interest. We will go mad … Continue reading

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Play’s the Thing

Midjourney AI’s take on kids playing tag; my own prompt I did not realize at first what it was that I looked upon. As my wandering attention centered, I saw nothing but two small projecting ears lit by the morning … Continue reading

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