Category Archives: Our Culture / Ourselves

CoVid-19: By the Numbers

As governments and health authorities keep altering, suppressing and recalculating their CoVid-19 data, I’ve been tracking the numbers right from the start, in an attempt to learn some lessons about pandemics from my brief stint with a team of epidemiologists … Continue reading

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Indecent Jobs

What happens when what employers can afford to pay to sustain their profit growth is less than what workers need to make ends meet? (Hint: It starts with a ‘C’) There is a class/caste war going on throughout the Euro-American … Continue reading

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I Doubt It

Caravaggio’s 1601 painting The Incredulity of St Thomas, based on the biblical story that gave rise to the expression “Doubting Thomas”. Image from wikipedia, in the public domain. You’re probably tired of hearing me say how all our behaviour and … Continue reading

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Who Will Be [formerly: Will Elon Musk Be] Trump’s Running Mate in 2024?

OK, I’ll admit it — I didn’t know that US citizens who weren’t born in the US cannot legally become VP of the country. I’m leaving the previously-written article intact at the bottom of this post, but adding, up front, … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: November 2022

cartoon by Michael Leunig, of course They’re rioting in Africa. They’re starving in Spain. There’s hurricanes in Florida and Texas needs rain. The whole world is festering with unhappy souls. The French hate the Germans. The Germans hate the Poles. … Continue reading

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What a Fool Believes

another astonishing cartoon by Michael Leunig A dear friend said to me, a couple of months back: “You say that as if you know that for a fact; it’s just what you believe, which is ultimately just your opinion”. At … Continue reading

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Our Perverse, and Accidental, ‘Human’ Nature

Further ruminations on this post on our collective nature, and this post on our propensity to hate. photo: CC0, from pixabay I. On the malleability of our beliefs The poet EE Cummings famously railed against our propensity to yield to our … Continue reading

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Our ‘Pathetic’ Species

the Inlet Theatre in Port Moody, near my home; photo for Google Maps by Malvina This evening I’m walking to the theatre, and thinking about how the arts evoke certain emotions in us. It’s dark already, and now that rush … Continue reading

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Talking With Those Who Disagree With You

Resilience co-editor Bart Anderson recently sent me a link to an article by astrophysicist Ethan Siegel called Four Rules of Persuasion, which Ethan developed mainly for dealing with people who spread, and believe, mis- or disinformation. His preamble: The large … Continue reading

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Has the Global Caste War Begun?

This is a follow-on to my article The Caste War for the Dregs. cartoon by Fergus Boylan In my recent article, I suggested that there is an intuitive but broadly-felt sense that our civilization is on its last legs, and … Continue reading

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