Category Archives: Our Culture / Ourselves

Progressives’ Vaccine Mandate Meltdown

Three people have sent me links to Paul Kingsnorth‘s recent two-part diatribe opposing vaccines and vaccine mandates. Two of them said they were persuaded by his argument. Here’s what I replied to them: “The Vaccine Moment” is a warmed-over op-ed, … Continue reading

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How the New Fascists Finally Won the Propaganda War

Dmitry Muratov, Russian journalist and co-winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, has expressed concerns about the world’s slide into fascism. Image by Elena Anosova for The New Yorker. We humans are pretty easy to manipulate. We want to believe … Continue reading

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Has Canada Reached “Net Zero” on CoVid-19?

Actual vs “normal” weekly deaths from all causes, 2020 and 2021-to-date, from Statistics Canada data via Alberta Business Council Since I first reported on the World Mortality Database (WMD), and its argument that IHME’s excess deaths data, and hence their … Continue reading

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The End of the Common Good

image by Gopal Vijayaraghavan on flickr, CC-BY-2.0 Anita Sreedhar and Anand Gopal, a doctor and a journalist, have been researching vaccine hesitancy for decades. In a recent NYT article they offered this remarkable perspective on it: Over the past four … Continue reading

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When Meaning Loses Its Meaning

Dave Snowden’s Cynefin framework (2021). Adds liminal domains, points of uncertainty or paradox, notably the aporetic domain, from whence, notably, NZ’s Jacinda Ardern chose to cede decision-making authority to health experts as being better equipped than politicians to determine the … Continue reading

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An Alternative History of Life and Evolution

mitochondria (red) in human cells, electron microscope photo from Flickr, D. BURNETTE, J. LIPPINCOTT-SCHWARTZ/NICHD via The Scientist About 4.5B years ago, it seemed that a giant mass of gases formed into a cloud and coalesced into a planet we call Earth, … Continue reading

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Humour as Weapon, and Healer

cartoon in the New Yorker by Jon Adams A sense of humor is a measurement of the extent to which we realize that we are trapped in a world almost totally devoid of reason. Laughter is how we express the … Continue reading

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The Right to Do Nothing

one of many recent anti-mandate protests in Europe and the Caribbean, this one in Croatia; AP photo via Al Jazeera The arguments against getting vaccinated are now coalescing around the issue of “mandates”. These arguments no longer insist that the … Continue reading

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The Impossible Dream

cover art by Eric Drooker This week’s (Nov. 15) New Yorker is pretty depressing reading, but as I read it I realized that all of the analyses in the issue are focused on complex, intractable problems, and, refreshingly, none of … Continue reading

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Cold Comfort: A Radical Non-Duality FAQ

image by amira_a from flickr, via pixhere, cc by 2.0 Several people have recently asked me questions (sometimes with concerns about my mental health) about why I have tentatively come to believe in what is being called ‘radical non-duality’. So … Continue reading

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