On Politics and Power: An Interview With Michel Maffesoli

“When established power is no longer embedded in instituting power, it is overthrown. This is what’s happening now.”

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Why is Nature Good for Us?

If nature exposure is so beneficial, could it be because certain human needs are heightened by our disconnection from the natural world?

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The ideology of the cancer cell

Considerations on Cactus Ed. New post. Here.

The Politics of Purity

My latest for Frontier Group, on the finger-wagging narcissism, grandstanding, posturing and sermonising that seem to have replaced debate over ideas and policies in certain sections of the political landscape.

Cities of the Future…

…will be green.

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New Report: Transform Transportation

Published this week by U.S. PIRG. Co-written with my learned colleague Mr. Gideon Weissman. Abstract here. Full report here.

Lockdown Wanderings as an Antidote to Habit

“We humans have a tendency to see the world through the lens of what Henri Bergson called ‘habit-memory’ — our automatic reflex to make use of the ‘ready-made’ and to fall back into mechanical repetition of the same actions and ideas. Learning to listen to our imagination and to understand the places we live in a more intimate way can enable us to become attentive to the detail and complexity of the world around us that often get lost in our propensity for abstract thinking and the simplification of the world it entails. And this opens us up to new ways of thinking about problems, including global ones…”

Read the full article over on Medium.

New Report: Marine Protected Areas

My report on the science of marine protections, New Life for the Ocean – written for and released by Environment America – was published this week.
Abstract here. Full report here.


Hiking Mt. Lowe
March 2019

Common ground in an age of division: how conservation bridges the partisan divide

It’s all explained in a new, unzeitgeistily upbeat blog post of mine over on the Frontier Group site.

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He know windmills very much

An expert weighs in on the horrors of clean energy:

“I never understood wind… I know windmills very much, I have studied it better than anybody. [T]hey are manufactured, tremendous — if you are into this — tremendous fumes and gases are spewing into the atmosphere. You know we have a world, right? So the world is tiny compared to the universe. So tremendous, tremendous amount of fumes and everything.”

Donald J. Trump, cosmologist and windmill expert (via The Hill)