Nov
23

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you…

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. – C. S. Lewis Google+: View post on Google+

Nov
22

This is the same species of beings that we trust to build nuclear power plants.

This is the same species of beings that we trust to build nuclear power plants. Embedded Link Nigdeoti – filtrada Диспетчер проекта Фильтрада Google+: View post on Google+

Nov
17

And yet we somehow think we are capable of replacing all of the ecosystems we are…

And yet we somehow think we are capable of replacing all of the ecosystems we are destroying with something "better". “The Kaibab Plateau in Arizona became a game preserve in 1906.  Deer hunters were kept out, and 6,000 large carnivores were deleted.  The deer population skyrocketed from 4,000 to 100,000, and the vegetation was promptly… Continue reading »

Nov
14

Should be core reading before people are allowed on social media.

Should be core reading before people are allowed on social media. Embedded Link An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments This book is aimed at newcomers to the field of logical reasoning, particularly those who, to borrow a phrase from Pascal, are so made that they understand best through visuals. I have selected a small set… Continue reading »

Nov
12

So what is your take on this?

Overpopulation or overconsumption? Now, lets address the same situation (we are at the brink of running out!) but instead focus on overconsumption as the problem rather than overpopulation. Lets say that right now, altogether the people on this planet are over-consuming resources at a rate making us in danger of running out of resources. We… Continue reading »

Nov
12

Which explains the waking up in the middle of the night and continuing to think about…

Which explains the waking up in the middle of the night and continuing to think about the ideas of the day. “Sooner or later, the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.” Embedded Link The Daily Habits of Highly Productive Philosophers:… Continue reading »

Nov
11

People say we have never had it so good

I guess that really depends on who "we" is. "And if you go back to Palaeolithic times, if you go back to Neolithic times, if you go back to antiquity and Medieval Europe, you will never see … twenty percent of a human race going to bed hungry every night. That's why you people are… Continue reading »

Nov
10

What becomes of an artist when the necessities of the world drive him sane? – Jon…

What becomes of an artist when the necessities of the world drive him sane? – Jon J. Muth Google+: View post on Google+

Nov
09

They still need the useful idiots for just a little longer

When they take the last bit of payola away from the middle class and we finally wake up to the program, it will be far too late to act. In a world of finite resources controlled by a tiny capitalist class, there would eventually only be two classes remaining – the über-wealthy or global elite… Continue reading »

Nov
09

We are exceptional at finding patterns in the noise

It only makes sense to me that our future has been constrained by an elimination or better, an impoverishization of ideas at play in the specialist's brain.   We hear the descriptive words psychopath and sociopath all the time, but here’s a new one: monopath. It means a person with a narrow mind, a one-track… Continue reading »

Nov
09

We're dismantling the world for no good reason

Economic growth, especially growth that is characterized as increases in Gross National Product (GNP)1, does not correlate with improvements in social welfare. Embedded Link Economic Growth: A Social Pathology We have built our society, economy, and belief systems around the benefits and sustainability of economic growth. As further growth endangers our welfare by destroying the… Continue reading »

Nov
09

Not to know what has been transacted in the past is to be always a child

Not to know what has been transacted in the past is to be always a child. – Cicero Google+: View post on Google+

Nov
07

The entire concept of infinite growth on a finite planet is flawed

It always has been. It is truly unfortunate that we decided to create an economic system that requires growth to function. This hard physical limit to the fantasies of finance is coming home to roost. It has been for over a decade. Couple the limits with global heating and its effects on production, of food… Continue reading »

Oct
26

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself–and you are the easiest person…

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself–and you are the easiest person to fool. – Richard Feynman Google+: View post on Google+

Oct
22

"Ecosystems may not only be more complex than we think, they may be more complex…

"Ecosystems may not only be more complex than we think, they may be more complex than we can think" – Frank Elgin Google+: View post on Google+

Oct
10

A Facebook comment from a woman who lives in South Dakota about the snowstorm and…

A Facebook comment from a woman who lives in South Dakota about the snowstorm and the cows. Re: the cattle/storm-you might have to dig just a little, but no, we did NOT have much warning-until the day before, the forecast was for rain, then for a little snow, then quite a bit of snow. What… Continue reading »

Oct
10

Another reason to take down capitalism before it's too late

The problem we’ve got is that much of the space that was used for cocoa ­plantations is no longer there. The Chinese love their cars and they have found that rubber makes more money than cocoa and at a much quicker pace. Cocoa farms are being chopped down and turned into rubber ­plantations because they… Continue reading »

Sep
28

Wendell Berry: “I would argue that it is not human fecundity that is overcrowding…

Wendell Berry: “I would argue that it is not human fecundity that is overcrowding the world so much as the technological multipliers of the power of individual humans. The worst disease of the world now is probably the ideology of technological heroism, according to which more and more people willingly cause large-scale effects that they… Continue reading »

Sep
26

It would be nice to understand the why

It is simply too bad that we won't be able to act at this late date. So while those few of us who are capable can continue to seek understanding of our situation, at least for scientific sake, I just don't see that understanding having any impact on how the world is run by the… Continue reading »

Sep
24

It sounds more like a social problem than an economic problem

I guess that is what happens when you define everything in terms of money. Eventually everything begins to look like an economic problem. Even in economic hard times, the United States already has an economy that produces the equivalent of over $190,000 for every family of four. At some point we must ask when enough… Continue reading »

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