Category Archives: Green planet

Ideas that add up #226

There is one, and only one solution, and we have almost no time to try it. We must turn all our resources to repairing the natural world, and train all our young people to help. They want to; we need … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #221

When the faults are ready, earthquakes can be triggered with a force of no more than a handshake. That’s all you need, and climate change can provide a lot more force than that.  For instance, there are earthquakes in Japan … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #217

Three centuries before the term was invented, his [Shakespeare’s] Friar Laurence enunciated the basic principle of ecology in declaring in part For nothing so vile that on the earth does live / But to the earth some special good does give. … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #213

When I look at one of those giant turbines, I see the icon of techno-industrial culture.  I see the contemporary expression of the Enlightenment, of Cartesian logic, the scientific revolution and then the Industrial Revolution and then the information revolution.  … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #212

I used to have these fights with my old friend Steve Jobs, the Apple guy, and it infuriated him… …I’d say to him, Steve, these computers you’re inventing here, they’re destroying the world!  They are devices of acceleration, they move … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #210

Benjamin discusses the many ways that loss of aura affects an art object: it undermines authenticity, jeopardizes the object’s authority, shatters tradition, diminishes the importance of ritual, and perhaps most important, “the quality of its presence is always depreciated”. This … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #209

There are two senses of “preservation”, and most preservationist efforts have followed the first: the preservation of things. Strawberry preserves epitomize this kind of preservation. The other sense is the preservation of process: leaving things be. Doug Peacock presents the … Continue reading

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