Tag Archives: Ecology

Rage Against the Machine!

The Enlightenment bequeathed us the view we are not machines. Capitalism is a machine serving itself and which makes the self a machine. Ira contra machina! Continue reading

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Problems of Knowledge and Survival: Democracy, Reason and the Anthropocene

If democracy is apt to lead to rational outcomes, why are we insanely marching toward ecological catastrophe? Continue reading

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Of Reform and Revolution: The Case of John Maynard Keynes

To imagine the ideal society is easy, to bring it about is hard. That is as true as it is cruel, and it is a dilemma that revolutionaries have faced from time immemorial. One aspect of that dilemma is the … Continue reading

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Climate Change and the Sixth Great Power: Bonn Climate Talks Show People Not Governments Can Save the Planet.

Science Magazine, the flagship publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has an article detailing the results of a paper on the discovery of a methane producing microbe living in an oxygen rich environment namely wetlands. This … Continue reading

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Economic Growth and the Doomsday Argument

Say there are two lottery urns, one containing 1000 balls each numbered from 1 to 1000, and the other containing 10 balls each also numbered from 1 to 10. We have two individuals, one Alice the other Bob. Alice will … Continue reading

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The Space Launch System and the Copernican Principle

There has been a trifecta of very recent news regarding the Space Launch System, which I almost missed given the frenetic activity associated with North Korea‚Äôs strategic nuclear programmes. NASA reports that a full scale model of the core of … Continue reading

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The Ecology of Nuclear War

A recent study of the ecological consequences of a limited nuclear exchange involving the established nuclear weapon states concludes that it would take a relatively small number of nuclear detonations to trigger significant climatic impacts, and that upon a planetary … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Loss and Biological Annihilation

Recently I happened to come across a book on biodiversity loss which stated, in the introduction, that much had been written about the crisis of biodiversity loss but little about what may be done about it. That book was written … Continue reading

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An Association of Ecological Socialists?

I am thinking of helping to form a small affinity group of ecological socialists. The group could engage in political actions in solidarity with those conducting traditional forms of class struggle, most especially those possessing as their objective the emancipation … Continue reading

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How Sure Can We Be of Nuclear Fusion?

How solid is the case for nuclear fusion? Most of us would say, in principle at least, that it is rock solid. Bloomberg has an article on the Trump administration and funding for nuclear fusion efforts, that is funding associated … Continue reading

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