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Note to Self, in which the author engages in a conversation with his self, and suggests it's time it takes a rest:
http://howtosavetheworld.ca/2016/02/11/note-to-self/
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Shining in the Dark — my latest short story, about the non-meaning of life and the cleverness of ravens: http://howtosavetheworld.ca/2016/01/31/shining-in-the-dark/
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About Time: An Inquiry — in which I blather on about how Rupert Spira explains the non-existence of time (that it is merely a human construct developed to help the mind more usefully catalogue thoughts about past and future):

http://howtosavetheworld.ca/2016/01/24/about-time-an-inquiry/
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How my worldview has changed over the past 12 years: http://howtosavetheworld.ca/2015/11/05/ive-changed-my-mind/
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+Dave Pollard Oh, so wrong on #2. It's this kind of thinking that has you ultimately pessimistic. Great though that you recognize how your thinking can change in a decade. Anyway, back to #2. Human activity isn't unfathomably complex at all - it's very predictable, and very easy to manipulate. However, it's definitely the case that our culture (and westernized, consumer-driven societies in general) provides some convenient processes that encourage stability and resistance to change. As far as saving the world, it sounds like you're not really focused on the problem. The issues facing mankind are not a unmanageably large set of complex issues at all. These are generally just byproducts, symptoms, of a single larger metaproblem. Realize this, and think about what the metaproblem is, and then you'll be focused on the problem. But before you can understand a potential solution to that, there are more things to learn about human behavior. 
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A song about Darwin's struggle to make sense of complexity and the realization that everything he had been taught was oversimplified and wrong. To my fellow collapsniks:

"We have no Ark to bear us from this flood 
Just broken vessels wrought in flesh and blood 
And though the riptides pull us under 
We will not cease to wonder 
at the beauty

We’re all leaving 
Even the ones who stay behind 
We’re all leaving 
in our own time"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22PP3Lnm6y4
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Thanks....I am a huge fan of this woman. I have had the pleasure of being blown away by her a few times. It's one of the perks of going to folk music Industry conferences.  Late night performances in hotel rooms are often magical. Another outstanding singer songwriter is Jonathan Byrd.
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Now that we've developed a "Theory of Mind" that recognizes we're far from the only species that has a sense of self (about our selves and others'), I thought it was time to develop a "Theory of No-Mind", for those who appreciate that the mind is actually just a fiction:
http://howtosavetheworld.ca/2016/02/08/a-theory-of-no-mind/
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"The organism enjoys these pleasures but is indifferent to their attainment. It accepts what is, seeks the pleasures it has evolved successfully to seek, and decides and acts, instinctively, accordingly. It exists only in the real eternal now that the mind-self has forgotten."
To experience the sensory is to remember. To live a regenerative life each one of us. The ripples spread from those who experience the sensory in the most restorative relationship with the ecology embedded in.

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Less Than Enthusiastic (a guest post by Paul Heft) — Paul is a bit more pessimistic about civilization's future than I am, but not much: 

http://howtosavetheworld.ca/2016/01/25/less-than-enthusiastic-a-guest-post-by-paul-heft/
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My interview on Peak Moment TV on Complexity and Collapse: http://howtosavetheworld.ca/2015/10/22/daves-on-tv/
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Learning what is real, and how the world works, and getting over my 'self'
Introduction

How does one write a bio when one is convinced the self is an illusion, a construct of the brain with no basis in reality? If the character that appears to be Dave Pollard actually has no free will, choice, volition, agency, control over or responsibility for anything that has happened in his apparent life, how can a bio even be said to be ‘his’?

If you’re reading this because you want to know more about ‘me’, I suppose ‘I’ can at least offer a summary of the things that have apparently happened to, or because of, ‘me’, though ‘I’ am now quite sure ‘I’ really had nothing to do with any of them: They are, in the circumstances, the only things that could have happened. ‘I’ can also list some of the apparent characteristics, entrained and conditioned beliefs of this character.

Things apparently done by the character Dave Pollard (though ‘he’ had no choice in the matter):

  • Born in 1951, lived in various parts of Canada, was married for 27 years to a woman he remains on good terms with, and has two wonderful step-children and four grandchildren he is immensely proud of.
  • Author since 2003 of a blog How to Save the World, described as a “chronicle of civilization’s collapse, creative works and essays on our culture; a trail of crumbs, runes and exclamations along the path in search of a better way to live and make a living, and a better understanding of human nature and how the world really works.” 7500 pages and counting, with a suggested reading list and ‘best articles’ list.
  • Wrote a book called Finding the Sweet Spot: A Natural Entrepreneur’s Guide to Responsible, Sustainable, Joyful Work in 2008, and co-authored Group Works: A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings in 2011.
  • Since resigning from 35 years’ paid work, mostly as an advisor to small enterprises, and moving to Bowen Island BC in 2010, he’s worked with the local Intentional Community and Transition movements, the local Arts Council, and various international networks of artists and students of culture dedicated to chronicling and preparing for industrial civilization’s collapse over the course of this century.
  • Currently living alone in the guise of a hedonistic, poly, vegan, unspiritual, insatiably curious and skeptical, deschooled, and comfortably retired person. Seemingly also slowly becoming, in spite of his ‘self’, a kinder, more loving, compassionate, playful, compersive, sympathetic, equanimous, hopelessly joyful, realistic pessimist.

Things apparently learned by and believed by the character Dave Pollard (though ‘he’ had no choice in the matter):

  • Pollard’s Law of Human Behaviour: Humans have apparently evolved to do what they must (the personal, unavoidable imperatives of the moment), then do what’s easy, and then do what’s fun. There is never time left for things that are seen as merely important. Social, political and economic change happens only when the old generation dies and a new generation with different entrained beliefs and imperatives fills the power vacuum. We have evolved to be a collaborative and caring species, and we are all doing our best — we cannot do otherwise.
  • Pollard’s Law of Complexity: Things are the way they are for a reason. To change something, it helps to know that reason. If that reason is complex (and it usually is), success at truly understanding and changing it is unlikely, and developing workarounds and adapting to it is probably a better strategy. Complex systems evolve to self-sustain and resist reform until they finally collapse. For that reason, the systems of global industrial civilization culture are now collapsing rapidly and inevitably, producing the sixth great extinction of life on Earth.
  • The World After Us: What will be left after collapse, besides a devastated and exhausted planet, will be a much smaller (and thereafter probably declining) human population, struggling to relearn how to live healthy, sustainable, resilient lives in local self-sufficient communities. The rest of life on Earth will recover and do just fine without us.
  • The Disease of Self-Consciousness: The socially reinforced illusion of the separate self, and all its trappings (belief in free will, choice, control, responsibility, agency, volition, the existence of subjects and objects in separate space and time) arose evolutionarily as an advanced survival instinct in intelligent (and possibly in domesticated) creatures, and identification with this illusion is the source of all suffering (though not all pain, anger, fear, shame, grief, sorrow, and anxiety). It is perhaps also the source of the incredible violence and destruction wreaked by ‘self-inflicted’ creatures. Beyond the self, all there is, is this, and it’s magical, unknowable, wondrous and astonishing, with no need for a spirit, a higher consciousness, or purpose or meaning. It just is… amazing.

The author, having no ‘self’-control, has no idea what the future holds for ‘him’, and will continue to do the only thing ‘he’ can do as each situation arises. Stay tuned.

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