If I was incubating the Okal Rel Saga today, it would feature heroes overcoming the tragedy of the commons: CO2 emissions, plastic pollution, and the general using-up of the irreplaceable on the trivial or transitory. In the 70s, as a teenager, nuclear war was the existential threat and women's liberation the social challenge. Hence the "How not to destroy the world once you can " theme: Sevolites fight with swords to avoid planet-killing warfare and Reetions reply on their b
One face of #slowculture is declining to engage in a losing proposition of pitching pennies at the moon in favor of redefining the turf. Might some of the phenomena below be cousins? 'Lying Flat' movement of Millennials in China. (1) Disillusionment of students whose education fails to deliver a career (2) Minimalism (3) Endnotes (1) First encountered on Youtube but fleshed out in news article like Chinese millennials 'lying flat' doing nothing gets Beijing worried. (2) Here'
I started capturing screenshots of myself on zoom meetings with the notion they might be a great way to generate a collection of pictures for something. Turns out this is the something. I'll use them as the graphics to accompany a weekly journal of ideas and things I want to follow up on with a bit of research, future project or Reality Skimming article. "History seems a lot like physics in that stuff you thought was nice and solid turns all fuzzy when you take a close enough
Consuming Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari will forever cure you of doubting the impact of fiction on humanity. I think I've listened to this book six times, now, on audible. Sadly, because I often listen to it at night, I have been awake for some parts more often than for others. But the first time I went end to end with rapt fascination. Fiction is what makes it possible for humans to organize ourselves beyond the hunter-gatherer limit of about 100 individuals. It is also at th