Monthly Archives: July 2009

The Monster Footprint of Digital Technology

The power consumption of our high-tech machines and devices is hugely underestimated. When we talk about energy consumption, all attention goes to the electricity use of a device or a machine while in operation. A 30 watt laptop is considered … Continue reading

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“Consciousness and Complexity”

In the case of humans, we are above the threshold at which great organized social complexity emerges. Yet, we may be as cognitively limited as our ape cousins. Consider that we know scientifically, that our actions are destroying the planetary … Continue reading

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“Is Obama Gorbachev?”

Tom Wolfe wrote a fabulous op-ed in the Sunday New York Times commemorating the Apollo 11 moon landing of 1969.  In it, he speculated that the achievment itself spelled the end of the NASA program because it lacked a philosopher … Continue reading

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“World at Gunpoint Or, what’s wrong with the simplicity movement by Derrick Jensen”

So, part of the problem is that “looking down the barrel of environmental catastrophe” makes it seem as though environmental catastrophe is the problem. But it’s not. It’s a symptom—an effect, not a cause. Think about global warming and attempts … Continue reading

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