Well, I’m not going to get to sleep for awhile, so I should get this down.
First up, people completely underestimate how long political change takes.
But they also underestimate how close we are to the changes which have been coming for decades.
We’re now in the third or fourth generation of human beings who’ve grown up with the telecommunications revolution. We’re in the year 5 PG (Post-Google) – artificial intelligence, in the form of intelligence aggregation, is a reality. Continue reading “Long term political change.” »
You know, I forget a lot of stuff. It goes by in the general maelstrom and gets lost as implicit knowledge, never noted, never turned into explicit, communicable fact. I had a long conversation about sex (well, OK, I was ranting) with a friend tonight, and it’s spurred me to put some of this down in writing.
Here, for the record, is The Deal Between The Sexes as I Understand It.
The Sexual Revolution was really that. It was a revolution against 2000 years of Christianity.
The Christian Model – virgin Christ, virgin Mary – marriage/kids as the basic model of male/female relationships may have made a lot of sense in an age with scarce material resources, no antibiotics, no birth control, and no condoms – but now it’s an ugly, repulsive scar on the psyche of the world. Continue reading “Revolution” »
On the sheet of diamond: it’s relevant because, frankly, it’s technology like this which is going to dig us out of our environmental hole. The materials technology behind solar panels, LEDs, wind turbines, lightweight cars – all of that stuff – is critical to our current environmental efforts. Better technologies will, eventually, lead to much lighter environmental impacts for a given standard of living.
How would our environmental impact change if it was possible to pull carbon out of the air directly into consumer goods made from diamonds? Continue reading “World Changing” »
So, in brief outline…
They are going to try and take away the right to abortion. It is a key policy platform which is, in many ways, the keystone of feminism: to assert than an adult woman has control of her body.
If that right is lost, the rest of their agenda will roll out with increasing fury.
This is an issue around which it should be possible to rally broad popular support, if women can be made to realize that the right is important, and that these guys want to take it away. If heads remain in the sand, however, forget it. Continue reading “Forming Ranks” »
You know if you’re willing to see The Creation as an ongoing process – to say that God’s alive, and well, and active, and generally not to buy into the whole God Is Dead thing… it’s a lot easier.
I had an insight today, I suppose it’s obvious. The most satisfying movies and plays, many of the best pictures, much of the greatest art… is realistic. It has the quality of compelling you to believe it on it’s own terms. I can’t remember the sanskrit term for “believing the world is real and not an illusion” but it’s that quality they’re striving for in realist art. Maya is just that: the divine artist makes a work which seems real, and the same process is still happening every time somebody makes a gritty movie which screams “reality reality reality.” Continue reading “World Creation” »
The Economist on “The Corporation” – a documentary which asks if the corporation is, by its definition, a psychopath.
It isn’t. The Corporation by its nature, is actually a Hungry Ghost. In the Buddhist notion of the “Six Realms”, Hungry Ghosts are the stage of rebirth below animals – not actually in hells, not actually embodied, but wandering, disembodied balls of unsatisfiable desire.
“Greed is the emotion of the hungry ghost realm. The hungry ghosts are beings with huge, hungry bellies and tiny mouths and throats.” Continue reading “The Corporation Is Not A Psychopath. It’s Something Worse.” »
I’ve been meditating now for more than half of my lifetime.
Why? Probably over five thousand mat hours. Why this enormous investment in labor?
There’s a simple answer, and a complex one. Let’s take a metaphor: backyard astronomy.
Backyard astronomers often construct their own telescopes, grinding foot or two foot diameter mirrors to ten-thousandth-of-an-inch tolerances with home-built machines or by hand. It can take years of work to make a single instrument. Continue reading “Meditation and the Telescope” »
This is an outline of three essays I’ll probably never get around to writing.
- A Simple Model of our Economic/Environmental System
- The IPCW diagram
- Systems Thinking
- The notion of many small changes resulting in large impacts
- i.e. 10% fewer cars, driven 10% less, with 10% better gas milage is plausible. A single 30% saving in any one of those areas is probably not. Continue reading “Three Essays on Environmentalism” »