Category Archives: How the World Really Works

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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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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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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Come See How We Live Here

NYC-Dublin portal; photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters via CBC OK, so this is another of Dave’s wild and crazy ideas. This one is especially annoying because I have neither the expertise/resources to bring it to fruition, nor the social skills to … Continue reading

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What Just Apparently Happened

The ‘model of reality’ referred to in this article is shown in blue on the diagram above. So ‘I’ apparently ‘wake up’. A conditioned series of biological responses increases the blood flow to certain parts of this body and brain, … Continue reading

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How Might We Undermine the PMC?

Fourteen years ago, I wrote a very long article that became the lion’s share of Chapter Two of Keith Farnish’s book Underminers. My article was about the Tools of Disconnection — the cultural mechanisms by which we became disconnected from … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: May 2024

Public Service Announcement: If reading my links of the month is unbearably depressing for you, just skip down to the very bottom of this post and at least read Lyz Lenz’s little story on Mothering. Everything else here will probably … Continue reading

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Happiness is Just Chemistry, and Its Absence

(like everything on my blog, my graphics are covered by Creative Commons licence) What is it about us that we never seem to be happy, at least for long? What does it even mean to be happy? There have been endless studies … Continue reading

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