Category Archives: Good society

Ideas that add up #224

Due to drought and disruption by national boundaries of the traditional cycle of movement, the Ik live in such a food- and water-scarce environment that there is absolutely no advantage to reciprocity and social sharing. The Ik, in consequence, display … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #205

A hunter-gathering society has, on its doorstep, the equivalent of its supermarket, hospital, place of worship, and entertainment centre, and none are shut at weekends. There are no admission fees, no bills, no tax, no mortgage, and no pensions. A … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #170

The essence of group selection is this: “although a high standard of morality gives but a slight or no advantage to each individual man and his children over other men of the same tribe…an increase in the number of well-endowed … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #162

Our experience with the canoe demonstrated that the Innu had not lost the capacity to think as Innu people. In places like Utshisk-nipi, life can be easily compromised by bad judgments, inappropriate temperament and arrogance. Innu believe that lack of … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #146

I’m calling for the voluntary adoption of a simpler lifestyle: one with less work, fewer possessions, and more leisure time. A graceful transition to such a lifestyle would be the greatest possible gift to our children and grandchildren. Martin Holladay … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #145

The first barrier [to gratitude] is what I call the tailwind/headwind asymmetry. If any of you go running or ride a bike, you’ll know that when you’re running or bicycling into the wind, you’re very aware of it, man. Just … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #139

This gives us an insight that goes much deeper than the need to understand addicts. Professor Peter Cohen argues that human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections. It’s how we get our satisfaction. If we can’t … Continue reading

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