I think we are living in interesting times when the developmental level of human running things is changing from modern to postmodern (for lack of a better term (another thing to think about)) Solving A Problem That Has Not Been Named — Personal Growth. Solving A Problem That Has Not Been Named The human mind needs clear concepts to make sense of the world.
When a chronic problem has not been properly named, we are unable to think clearly about it and figure out how to solve it. There was a time when people got sick for no apparent reason. Microscopes hadn’t been invented yet and no one could see the invisible forces that brought suffering and death to loved ones. There is something extraordinary happening in the world — The Global Future of Work. There is something extraordinary happening in the world Most of us haven’t quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.
A few months ago I freed myself from standard-procedure society, I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. LOW-TECH MAGAZINE. Renewable Energy After COP21: Nine issues for climate leaders to think about on the journey home Post Carbon Institute. Renewable Energy After COP21: Nine issues for climate leaders to think about on the journey home COP21 in Paris is over.
Now it’s back to the hard work of fighting for, and implementing, the energy transition. We all know that the transition away from fossil fuels is key to maintaining a livable planet. Several organizations have formulated proposals for transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy; some of those proposals focus on the national level, some the state level, while a few look at the global challenge.
David Fridley (staff scientist of the energy analysis program at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory) and I have been working for the past few months to analyze and assess many of those proposals, and to dig deeper into energy transition issues—particularly how our use of energy will need to adapt in a ~100 percent renewable future.
Voices from the Status Quo. Voices for change. Definitions. Globalization - Good or Bad? Cracked Hymn. Shades of Gray. First they ignore you then you win. Create a new future. Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal by Robert Jensen. Feeling anxious about life in a broken economy on a strained planet?
Turn despair into action. posted May 24, 2013. Archetypes of Dissent. Radical politics is defined by opacity, anonymity and dissimulation … and by invisibility: by the political presence of absence.
The power of surprise, of secret organization, of rebelling, of demonstrating and plotting covertly, of striking invisibly, and in multiple sites at once, is the key element that the Invisible Committee, anonymous authors of The Coming Insurrection, affirm for confronting a power whose firepower is vastly superior. To be explicitly visible, to appear explicitly – in a maneuver, in organizing, even in an occupation –“is to be exposed, that is to say above all, vulnerable.”
Here Guy Fawkes and black ski masks become emblems of veritable nobodies, of invisible underground men and women, of people without qualities who want to disguise their inner qualities, who shun visibility and have little desire to be the somebody the world wants them to be. These bodies are publicly expressive bodies yet are bodies weary of revealing too much of themselves.
What Is the Common Good? (Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: Brian Hillegas, Reigh LeBlanc, abrinsky)This article is adapted from a Dewey Lecture by Noam Chomsky at Columbia University in New York on Dec. 6, 2013.
Humans are social beings, and the kind of creature that a person becomes depends crucially on the social, cultural and institutional circumstances of his life. We are therefore led to inquire into the social arrangements that are conducive to people's rights and welfare, and to fulfilling their just aspirations - in brief, the common good. Insufficient Funds: A Story of Canada. 4 ways the world could actually end. While humanity has survived the apocalypse on Dec. 21, which some people believe the Mayans predicted hundreds of years ago, experts say there are legitimate threats that could potentially wipe out the human race.
Here’s a look at some plausible scenarios. Earth-killing asteroids News that a five-kilometre asteroid zipped past Earth last week wowed stargazers, but its hefty size gave apocalypse watchers a bit of a scare. If an asteroid measuring about one kilometre in diameter struck the Earth, the impact would be enough to leave a 10-kilometre-wide crater and kill 90 per cent of humanity, says Jay Melosh, professor of planetary sciences at Purdue University.
This NASA radar image from 2011 shows asteroid 2005 YU55. "Human civilizations might suffer very badly. But Melosh says the likelihood of a space rock that size actually striking the Earth is incredibly small. "Pea size asteroids hit us — thousands a day," he told CBC News. Nuclear warfare Infectious disease Climate change. The Ever-Nearing Apocalypse. Would You Rather Be Over-Informed or Happy? Not long ago I wrote a blog post that quickly resonated with thousands of people called “Living in a Brainwashed Culture of Urgency.”
I want to take that discussion to the next level highlighting not only the habit in our culture toward urgency, but also to being overly informed. The reality is our digital machines make it so easy to get an abundance of information at the touch of a fingertip. For the most part, the need to know all the latest news whether it’s social, political, sports, health, or what-have-you actually gets in the way of our happiness. But, it seems like we need all that information. Do we? Somehow the media has us at the digital counter saying, “Super-Size me please.” Toward Planetary Citizenship (1960) Civic Consciousness in a Global Age. This essay was originally published in the March 2012 issue of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice.
Click here to purchase the full issue. This article asks why, in an age of global crisis, global governance still remains a low priority for the integral community. It posits a civic line of development, suggesting only those possessing a worldcentric level of civic awareness can fully comprehend global problems and the need for binding global governance. I argue that modern (orange altitude), postmodern (green altitude), and even low vision-logic (teal altitude) worldviews still see global problems nationcentrically rather than worldcentrically. I explore this limitation in light of destructive international competition; a key and potentially catastrophic phenomenon that, it is argued, shows why only a worldcentric, late vision-logic (turquoise altitude) civic consciousness can disclose solutions to the global crisis.
The Revolution is evolving. Velcrow Ripper. Scared Sacred by Velcrow Ripper. Fiercelight - Where Spirit Meets Action. Occupy Love. Al Gore: Internet is Changing Thinking. The Nobel Prize winner and former vice president talks global networks, Marshall McLuhan, and how computing is changing what it means to be human.
The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright. The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies. (Image: Breaking profiles via Shutterstock)Truthout doesn't take corporate money and we don't shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage.