Category Archives: philosophy

Killing Gaia from the bottom up

When considering the damage from climate change, we think of wildfire, flood, drought, superstorms, rising sea level, the wiping out of ecosystems like coral reefs and rainforest. However, there is a more subtle, and more deadly effect. A study in … Continue reading

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Still a chance for survival?

A new report in Nature Communications states that if, from the end of 2018, there were no new fossil-fuel powered installations, and existing ones were replaced with renewable alternatives, then we could keep global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees C, … Continue reading

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A beautiful must-read

This essay by Dahr Jamail blew me away. It starts with a near-death experience that had me there, with him, and is a passionate, well-informed and informative description of what is happening in the frozen parts of our planet. Please … Continue reading

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What money is for

He was a banker, then retrained as a social worker, caring for the troubled children of Washington State. He was frugal to the point of extending the life of his shoes with duct tape, because he was secretly saving every … Continue reading

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True Islam is service

Despite all the hate and hype, Islam is one of the Great Religions. It incorporates Jesus’ message of universal Love. Service to others is explicitly stated within the Qur’an. There is an international organisation for Muslim young men that has … Continue reading

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On being childfree

Please read my answer to a man who considers being childfree. The graph shows Earth Overshoot Day, 1st August in 2018.

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Christmas

Other essays in Rhobin’s Rounds I am more tolerant toward Christmas than I used to be. Until quite recently, I wanted to get off the planet at the early warning signs of holiday frenzy. Now, I smilingly tune out, and … Continue reading

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How to grow from a terrible act

Robert Veeder was a drunk. One day, he accidentally drove into a group of people, killing six. Please read his inspiring story of how he turned bad into good. After many years in prison, he still feels the guilt, every … Continue reading

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Advice needed, please

I’ve been working on and off on my science fiction series, “The Doom Healer,” since early 2015. Four volumes are ready to roll, and I am going well on the final one, so I am thinking of submitting it to … Continue reading

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Eco-flying tips

Lauren Bowen, writing for Care2.com, has an excellent list of suggestions for minimising the environmental damage you do when having to hop on a plane. As she says at the start, the most ecological is to avoid the need to … Continue reading

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