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Irv Mills
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Evaluating Existential Threats, Part 4: Conclusions
Sunset Over Lake Huron, May 3, 2017 In the first 3 posts in this series ( 1 , 2 , 3 ) I talked about global catastrophic risks (the kind of things that threaten human well being on a global scale), and existential risks (which threaten us with extinction). ...

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What I've Been Reading, April 2017
Lake Huron Shore, April 30, 2017 Links These links appear in the order I read them, rather than any more refined sort of organization. You may find some of the best ones are near the bottom--it varies from month to month. Out of the ashes , by Lewis Dartnel...

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Evaluating Exponential Threats, Part 3: Anthropogenic Threats
Lake Huron Sunset, at the entrance to Kincardine Harbour, April 12, 2017 In my last post in this series I referred to an article on Wikipedia about "Global catastrophic risk" which I had stumbled upon while researching existential risks for this series of p...

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What I've Been Reading, March 2017
A few minutes late for sunset over Lake Huron, April 2, 2017 Links These links appear in the order I read them, rather than any more refined sort of organization. Some of the best ones are near the bottom. Massive Permafrost Thaw Documented in Canada, Porte...

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Evaluating Existential Threats, Part 2: Non-anthropogenic Threats
Last time , I talked about worry as a driver to action, and how to evaluate problems as to whether they are worth worrying about or not. I think that my approach does work for smaller scale, day-to-day problems, but I was mainly focusing on existential thre...

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Evaluating Existential Threats
In a recent post , I talked about how most people are loath to discuss collapse, some even believing that talking about it makes it more likely to happen. After all, Business As Usual is working just fine and everything is going to be alright. Right? In con...

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What I've Been Reading, February 2017
Up until a few weeks ago, I was spending a lot of time on Facebook. So much so that more important things--writing this blog, as well as things in the real world away from the computer, were suffering. So, I gave up on the majority of things I was doing on ...

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The Biggest Lie
For quite a while now I've been promising that I'd get around to talking about collapse: why I believe it's what lies ahead or, more accurately, what's already happening; the sort of collapse I'm expecting; the way it's going to unfold; and what we can do a...

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Seeing Like a State
This time we'll be taking a quick look at James C. Scott's book Seeing Like a State, How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed . My purpose in reviewing Seeing Like a State is to draw attention to some concepts which I had never really ...

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The Art of Not Being Governed
This time we'll be taking a quick look at a book by James C. Scott's book The Art of Not Being Governed, an Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia . This is a scholarly work and heavy going to read, but I think I can, for a change, distill the ideas tha...
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