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Shrinking the Technosphere

Shrinking the Technosphere

Getting a Grip on Technologies that Limit our Autonomy, Self-sufficiency and Freedom

Over the past two centuries we have witnessed a wholesale replacement of most of the previous methods of conducting both business and daily life with new, technologically advanced, more efficient methods.

What exactly is progressive or efficient …

related subjects: Cultural Critique
i-Minds

i-Minds

How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming, and Social Media are Changing our Brains, our Behavior, and the Evolution of our Species

Many of us would no more go out without our cell phone than we would leave the house without clothes. We live our lives on social media, and PDAs, tablets, computers and other devices are completely integrated into our global culture. From …

related subjects: Cultural Critique
I'm Right and You're an Idiot

I'm Right and You're an Idiot

The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up

The most pressing environmental problem we face today is not climate change. It is pollution in the public square, where a smog of adversarial rhetoric, propaganda and polarization stifles discussion and debate, creating resistance to change and …

related subjects: Cultural Critique
The Heart of Sustainability

The Heart of Sustainability

Restoring Ecological Balance from the Inside Out

Amidst the doom and gloom that dominates the headlines, a different kind of story about an alternative future is unfolding. The players are activists, visionaries and cultural innovators, the backdrop is the tipping point of our global and …

related subjects: Cultural Critique
The Biology of Wonder

The Biology of Wonder

Aliveness, Feeling and the Metamorphosis of Science

The disconnection between humans and nature is perhaps the most fundamental problem faced by our species today. The schism between us and the natural world is arguably the root cause of most of the environmental catastrophes unravelling around us. …

related subjects: Cultural Critique
After Progress

After Progress

Reason and Religion at the End of the Industrial Age

Progress is not just a goal in the West—it's a religion. Most people believe in its inherent value as enthusiastically and uncritically as medieval peasants believed in heaven and hell. Our faith in progress drives the popular insistence that peak …

related subjects: Cultural Critique
Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall

The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America

"Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world."

 

Although he was writing nearly a century ago, Yeats could just as easily be describing the United States today. The decline and fall of America's global empire is …

related subjects: Cultural Critique
The Five Stages of Collapse

The Five Stages of Collapse

Survivors' Toolkit

In the face of political impotence, looming resource depletion, and catastrophic climate change, many of us have become reconciled to an uncertain future. However, popular perception of how this future might actually unfold varies wildly from "a …

related subjects: Cultural Critique