7 Posts Tagged "Mind vs Matter"

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7 billion, and counting (more slowly)

Posted on October 31st 2011 | 0 comments
Happy 7th bill ...
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Picking losers

Posted on October 20th 2011 | 0 comments
We know that we need several Nobel-worthy technology breakthroughs to get out of the current energy mess. We can sit around and hope. That, of course, isn’t a strategy. It’s betting on wind (and perhaps solar) and a prayer. We could also try to pick winners. Th ...
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The unobservable counterfactual

Posted on October 18th 2011 | 0 comments
Actions have consequences. Sometimes those consequences appear in plain sight: level the playing field by having polluters pay for their own pollution, and you’ll see less pollution. Works every time. Often, these consequences are hidden. Pick winners, and you’ll ...
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Speak no evil

Posted on October 1st 2011 | 0 comments
Language is the ultimate dematerialized technology. It wouldn’t kill you if it were dropped on you. Its ecological and carbon footprints are practically zero. All of a sudden, you could exchange feelings without making them known by hurling stones at one other. Lan ...
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Whale oil production hit its peak sometime in the 1800s. John D. Rockefeller discovered “rock oil” sometime in the 1800s. Rock oil replaced whale oil as the oil of choice sometime in the 1800s. If you care about whales, you should thank Rockefeller. Right? Not qui ...
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Overshoot Day

Posted on September 28th 2011 | 0 comments
Yesterday was Earth Overshoot Day. As of today, we are spending down the planet’s natural capital without any chance of making up for the depreciation. The seven billion people ...
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