[This post continues the discussion from the previous one.]
In the Intelligencer David Wallace-Wells interviewed Jared Diamond about his new book Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis. Diamond’s book, “addresses itself to a world very obviously in crisis, and tries to lift some lessons for what to do about it from the distant past.” Continue reading The Basics of Jared Diamond’s, “Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis”. →
The fire on the Deepwater Horizon.
Lately, I’ve found myself thinking about the end of the world. No, not the “Jesus is coming back” end of the world—which is obviously nonsense—but the end of human life brought about human activity. Continue reading Are We Heading Toward Environmental Catastrophe? →
Aaron James, Professor of Philosophy at UC-Irvine, has written a new book, Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning. It addresses major questions in philosophy from his unique perspective as both a philosopher and former surfer. Continue reading Review of Aaron James’ “Surfing with Sartre” →
George Will has written one of the worst pieces I’ve ever read: “Climate change’s instructive past.” If my introductory college students had written this essay I would respond: “This is so poorly reasoned, please don’t expect to receive credit.” Or “I recommend an introductory logic class before you write another essay.” Or “Please don’t turn in such nonsense again.” Continue reading George Will on Climate Change: What’s Wrong With Him? →
(For the record, I eat a whole foods plant-based diet that doesn’t include animal flesh or animal products such as milk, cheese, butter, eggs, etc. In other words, I’m a vegan. Continue reading GMOs: Are They the Liberal Equivalent of Climate Change Denial? →