Category Archives: How the World Really Works

No Choice But to Misbehave

In my now decades-long exploration of what it means to be human, some things now seem quite clear to me, while others continue to puzzle me. Some of the things that are clear, though I once thought them preposterous: After … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter: March 2020

The mass of mankind is ruled not by its own intermittent moral sensations, still less by self-interest, but by the needs of the moment. It seems fated to wreck the balance of life on Earth — and thereby to be … Continue reading

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Why It’s Come to This

image from Max Pixel, CC0 The polarization of politics is a complex phenomenon. In a new book, Ezra Klein explains why there is a lot more to the current political quagmire than social media-driven disinformation and intolerance. We humans like … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: January 2020

Too many great links to wait until the end of the quarter to post them all. So here we go with another Links of the Month: PREPARING FOR CIVILIZATION’S END cartoon by Michael Leunig The Unnecessariat: A fascinating ‘future state’ … Continue reading

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The Apology

photo by the author Eve Ensler, playwright, author, and screenwriter, recently wrote a haunting and powerful book called The Apology, and, after writing it, she realized that there was an apology inside her waiting to be spoken too. She explains: … Continue reading

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Collective Intelligence to Make Sense of Complexity

I recently did a mini introductory workshop on complexity and systems thinking, describing the difference between complicated and complex systems using my friend Dave Snowden’s Cynefin Framework (characteristics of each type of system in red; approaches in green; small business … Continue reading

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Making Sense of Who We Are

Have you ever had the experience of learning several things, each of which evolved completely independently, such that when you put them together you get a very satisfying or profound new insight? This recently happened to me. As an admirer … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter: December 2019

The stuff in this post is pretty heavy so I thought I’d start off light: “The reason we know the earth isn’t flat is that if it was, cats would have knocked everything off it by now.” (origin unknown) cartoon … Continue reading

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Understanding Collapse: A Physical Systems View

image from the good folks at Pixabay CC0 (thanks Guillaume Preat) While my belief in the inevitability of civilization’s collapse in this century is rooted in my study of complexity science and a commensurate appreciation of how change happens in … Continue reading

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What Would Net Zero Emissions by 2025 Look Like?

graph by Our World in Data The latest IPCC report says that in order to prevent catastrophic climate change global net CO2 emissions will have to reach net zero by 2050, from their current levels of 33-38B tons rising by … Continue reading

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