Tag Archives: habituation

Let’s Play… cut down a tree today

EXT. DENSE WOODLAND – DAWN Mist swirls amidst the trunks of the trees of an ancient forest. BURLY MAN arrives, clearly a lumberjack, armed with a large axe. He chops down a tree. FADE OUT FADE IN The sun rises. … Continue reading

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Ding, dong, the witch is dead

On the radio yesterday I heard the compère read out a tweet that described as ‘obscene’ the act of spending £10k£10m from the public purse on a funeral for the Iron Lady. (I agree with that stance myself; but then … Continue reading

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Oblivious to the crash

(With thanks to Guy McPherson on TransitionVoice.) From “The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future” (Daedalus, Winter 2013) by Oreskes and Conway (who you may know from their seminal book Merchants of Doubt): By blocking anticipatory action, … Continue reading

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Stop, you fools—you’ll kill us all!

All truth passes through three states: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. And third, it is accepted as self-evident. So said Andrew Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860) — or perhaps that was someone else. First they ignore you, … Continue reading

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The imposition of necessary illusions

The other day, I watched Manufacturing Consent — Noam Chomsky and the Media by Mark Achbar (of ‘The Corporation‘ fame) and Peter Wintonick. Noam Chomsky is an emeritus professor of MIT, a world-renowned linguist, and “arguably the most important intellectual … Continue reading

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Illusion and reality

As well as being a phlyarologist, I’m a wannabe poet. I think that poetry is like any artform: it has subjective value, modified by our perceptions. Since we’re all different, we’ll each come to our own decisions of the extent … Continue reading

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Deniergate burbles on below the mass media radar

The fizzling of the scandal not yet formally known as ‘deniergate’ continues to fester in the murky fringes of reality, as revealed recently in Desmogblog, Huffingtonpost and Peter Sinclair’s Crock of the Week. That the devious deceptions, threats and prevarications … Continue reading

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It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it

As a phlyarologist, I understand that words matter. It’s often not what you say that counts, what’s far more important is how you say it (as a very good friend of mine is so fond of pointing out). Choosing one’s … Continue reading

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The Story of Broke

Annie Leonard waves her hands around far too much for my liking. But what I do like in her latest presentation is that she’s not just mirroring my own chief grievance (ie: our society is seriously broken and needs fixing) … Continue reading

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It matters not whether you win or lose…

Once upon a time the crackpot libertarians held up the Dvorak keyboard as an illustration of how market forces will inevitably back the best product. Qwerty, so the circular argument goes, must be the best, or it would have been … Continue reading

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