Category Archives: How the World Really Works

None of the News That’s Fit to Print

If you read blogs and other information sources regularly, it’s probably because you know you’re not getting the information you want from media publishers, either mainstream or alternative/independent. As I wrote last year, media publishers can no longer afford to … Continue reading

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Imagining the End of the Journey

council of clan mothers in post-civ culture; diorama from Afterculture In a new article, Rhyd Wildermuth acknowledges that he has had to deal with a lot in his life, from horrific precarity as a child to brutal abuse as a … Continue reading

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What It Means To Be Human

my synopsis of the some of the elements that might comprise one’s Ikigai; any misunderstandings about ikigai here are mine I‘ve written before about the ancient Japanese concept and philosophy of ikigai. Contrary to business consultants’ perverse and simplistic misappropriation … Continue reading

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Creatures at Play

In a foreign land There were creatures at play Running hand in hand Needing nowhere to stay Driven to the mountains high They were sunken in the cities deep Livin’ in my sleep. I feel like goin’ back Back where … Continue reading

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A Future With No Elections

Despite what you may have been led to believe, turnout in most western nations’ elections hasn’t actually changed significantly over the past fifty years. And while young people are less likely to vote, they say that’s about scheduling conflicts with … Continue reading

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Making Our Measurement Systems a Little Bit Better

map from statista, CC BY-ND 3.0 One of the things I often lament about the massive centralized systems modern humans seem predisposed to develop, is that they grow so large, complicated and cumbersome that they become essentially incapable of being … Continue reading

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A Culture Built on Lovely, Wrong Models

A model of Lafarge Lake Skytrain Station and the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam, near where I live, made of 40,000 LEGO blocks.  The model is housed in the building depicted in the centre of the model. It’s a gorgeous … Continue reading

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No Free Will: “Them’s Fightin’ Words!”

This post is a bit of a ramble, but I think there are some important ideas in it. The prison of the self: cartoon by Michael Leunig Some funny/strange things happened when I ceased to believe in the existence of … Continue reading

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Recuperation, Accommodation, and Resilience

Australian Peter Webb, at work in the Brasilian rainforest; photo from It’s Crow Time. Peter Webb, one of the ‘pioneers of permaculture’ (which would make a cool name for a rock band), mentioned to me, in a recent email exchange … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: September 2022

I find myself these days vacillating between a state of quite blissful equanimity (a very new thing in my life) and a state of almost existential dread. As with most humans, I suspect, this is largely affected by immediate personal … Continue reading

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