Tag: Rethinking Civilization
Rat Poison is Killing Endangered Mountain Lions in California
13 out of 14 Los Angeles-area mountain lions tested positive for rat poison, at least three have died A mountain lion that managed to cross a Southern California freeway and make its home in the mountains north of Los Angeles was found dead in October.
Santa’s Real Workshop is a Sweatshop in China
It’s fun to tell our children fun stories about Santa and his elves merrily making all their Christmas wishes magically come true. But in 2017, maybe it’s time we tell them the real story — the story many grown-ups don’t even know, because they prefer to remain willfully ignorant.
Why This “Hobbit Lady” Went From Riches to Rags on Purpose
An Oxford graduate, born in a castle, Emma Orbach decided she’d rather live in a mud hut in the woods “with fairies,” without electricity or running water The daughter of a wealthy musician, Emma grew up in an old castle. She was educated in one of the most expensive boarding schools in England alongside the […]
The Population Bomb is Ticking… Humanity’s Greatest Shortcoming is Our Failure to Understand Exponential Math
With the population doubling every couple of generations, and our petroleum-based food supply on the downward slope, things are about to get ugly unless we voluntarily start having one or fewer children immediately “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” Al Bartlett Population overshoot occurs when a […]
Elon Musk Worries Our Lives Won’t Have “Meaning” When Robots Take Our Jobs
Most of the jobs in the world today will be done by robots in a couple of decades, Elon Musk predicted at a World Government Summit a few months ago. No need to worry about unemployment though, Musk says, we will almost certainly all receive a universal basic income just for existing. The real problem […]
Man Calls Work “Unnatural,” Goes on Permanent Bicycle Adventure
“I’m not ashamed that I don’t like to work,” a 37-year-old cyclist adventurer told Business Insider two years ago. “It’s just very unnatural.” Like Alexander Supertramp, “Ultra Romance” has rejected the capitalist industrialist system he was born into and gone Into the Wild.
Alarm Clocks are Making Us Mentally and Physically Ill, Researchers Say
Waking up before the sun is throwing off our circadian rhythms, causing sleep deprivation and all kinds of disease, Oxford neuroscientists say Employers worldwide have been “torturing” their employees with sleep deprivation since the industrial revolution by making them come to work when they should be sleeping, says Dr. Paul Kelley of Oxford University’s […]
Once Upon a Time, There Was No Such Thing as “Work”
Anthropologists say hunter-gatherers only worked 20 hours a week, but modern hunter-gatherers don’t even have a word for “work.” They don’t distinguish work from play, because their work is varied, optional, done with friends, and there wasn’t too much of it,
Russian Lawyer Finds Happiness in a Hole in the Woods
Man leaves successful career in the city to live like a hobbit in a rabbit hole in the woods… says he’s loving life A former Russian lawyer named Yuri Alexeev got sick of his busy, high-stress life in the city. So one day, he quit and dug himself a “rabbit hole” 60 miles outside of Moscow. […]
World’s First Moneyless City Thrives on a “Gift Economy”
The 2800 citizens of Auroville, India, have thrived for 50 years without money, religion or government