During the Age of the Machine, physiologists attempting to understand the human body assumed that something so complex must possess an orchestrating force, a command-and-control center issuing instructions to the cells.
How could we make the students learn?
One of the key themes in The Ascent of Humanity is the program of control.
Allied to idealism is its interior reflection: a sense of our own individual magnificence.
We have taken a monstrously wrong turn with symbolic culture and division of labor, from a place of enchantment, understanding and wholeness to the absence we find at the heart of the doctrine of progress.
The urgency of the planetary crisis has not penetrated into popular consciousness.
Why do we feel so insecure?
My brother John and I share a hobby of brewing lacto-fermented sodas–root beers and ginger ales–which we share among family and friends and occasionally sell at health food conventions.
Most vegetarians I know are not primarily motivated by nutrition.
This answer might serve to give expression to feelings of rage, hate, grief, and indignation that otherwise, in a world where the wrongness is so ubiquitous as to seem woven into the fabric of reality itself, would turn inward.
Reality Sandwich is facing financial difficulties that threaten its continued publication.
A main theme of The Ascent of Humanity is an Age of Reunion that is to follow the Age of Separation whose end we are witnessing today. In this transition, the converging crises of the planet are the birth pangs.
One would think that after two hundred or more years of modern chemistry, something as fundamental and seemingly simple as water would be thoroughly understood by now.
The aesthetic shortcomings of Avengers: Endgame reflect disturbing trends in politics and society. Worse, the film is a propaganda and indoctrination vehicle for those trends.
I received the following email from a young woman, a student at an elite law school. I want to quote it in full, because it cuts so deep to core issues so many change agents face.
Many arguments for the legalization of cannabis and psychedelics draw on their relative harmlessness. Countering the rationale of prohibition, we can point out that compared to legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco, psychedelics are extremely safe.