Imagine a 3-D World

Posted on Jan 3, 2015
Imagine a 3-D World

On our way to see the latest installment of The Hobbit, I asked my 10-year-old Philip and his two friends, “Don’t you wish that the real world were 3-D just like the movies?” “Yeah!” they said with relish. “That would be so awesome!” The joke was on me, it seemed. A minute later I tried […]

The campaign against Drax aims to reveal the perverse effects of biofuels

Posted on Apr 24, 2014
The campaign against Drax aims to reveal the perverse effects of biofuels

Replacing fossil fuels with biofuels may sound a like a good idea but dig a little deeper and there’s a dark side to it   Replacing fossil fuels with biofuels is, on the surface, an attractive idea. Rather than dig fossil carbon (oil, coal, gas) out of the ground, why not recycle the carbon already […]

The Next Step for Digital Currency

Posted on Jul 22, 2013
The Next Step for Digital Currency

“Today’s national and supranational currencies have become a blight on this planet. Created through interest-bearing debt, controlled by financial elites, tracked by the surveillance state, and necessitating endless growth, money as we know it is a primary agent of inequality, injustice, and ecocide. What to do? One response is to attempt to transform the money […]

Latent Healing

Posted on Jan 7, 2013
Latent Healing

The purpose of this essay is not to instruct the reader on the fallacy of the technological fix. We can assume that by now the environmentally conscious person has seen through the delusion of applying technology to remedy the problems that have been caused by previous technology. It is obvious that a new pesticide won’t […]

Genetically Modifying and Patenting Seeds isn’t the Answer

Posted on Oct 9, 2012
Genetically Modifying and Patenting Seeds isn’t the Answer

A Croatian translation of this article can be found here:   The great historian Lewis Mumford once described a patent as “a device that enables one man to claim special financial rewards for being the last link in the complicated social process that produced the invention”. He was pointing out that we do not produce […]

An Alien at the Tech Conference

Posted on Sep 16, 2012
An Alien at the Tech Conference

The other day I spoke at an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) conference in Istanbul, Turkey. It was a very mainstream conference. Surely, I thought, there must be some mistake? Why would they invite someone like me? “I like to shake things up a little bit,” replied Ali, a consultant to the organizer in charge […]

Money and the Divine Masculine

Posted on Aug 13, 2012
Money and the Divine Masculine

I recently attended a ceremony at the Tamera village in Portugal in which the officiant invoked “the healing of money.” Immediately a vivid image popped into my head of a man, vast and muscular, bound to the earth with stakes and tethers, straining with every atom of his strength to free himself and rise up. […]

For Facebook, A Modest Proposal

Posted on May 16, 2012

  General Motors recently reported that it will pull its advertising from Facebook, citing a low click-through rate among other indications that its advertising there isn’t effective. I’m not surprised — I for one have never clicked on a Facebook ad and in fact don’t even notice them. Like most people, I have trained myself […]

Thrive: The Story is Wrong but the Spirit is Right

Posted on Nov 21, 2011
Thrive: The Story is Wrong but the Spirit is Right

“What is keeping us from thriving?” asks the new movie, Thrive. The answer it gives is “the global elite,” the people who control the financial system that in turn controls everything else. Operating through the power institutions of our society, this elite pursues a conscious agenda of total world dominance, purposely suppressing anything that would […]

Gift Economics and Reunion in the Digital Age

Posted on Dec 10, 2010
Gift Economics and Reunion in the Digital Age

Reality Sandwich is facing financial difficulties that threaten its continued publication. That’s not because of dull content, nor failure to connect with an audience. On the contrary: it’s an edgy, relevant, and provocative publication with some very talented (ahem!) writers, but what it doesn’t have is what they call a “monetization” scheme. And in this, […]

The Sojourn of Science

Posted on Oct 7, 2009
The Sojourn of Science

This essay is an excerpt from The Ascent of Humanity. Scientific thought is essentially power thought—the sort of thought that is to say whose purpose, conscious or unconscious, is to give power to its possessor. —Bertrand Russell At its purest, the purpose of science is to better understand the world; or, we could say, it […]

Wood, Metal, and the Story of the World

Posted on Jun 10, 2009
Wood, Metal, and the Story of the World

These were my worst subjects in Junior High, when we were forced to take them. I regarded these class periods with dread. For one thing, I was really bad at them. I regarded the big machines and power equipment with terror. To make matters worse, my classmates would exact revenge in shop class for being […]

The Ascent of Humanity

Posted on Feb 10, 2007
The Ascent of Humanity

More than any other species, human beings are gifted with the power to manipulate their environment and the ability to accumulate and transmit knowledge across generations. The first of these gifts we call technology; the other we call culture. They are central to our humanity. Accumulating over thousands of years, culture and technology have brought […]

The War against the Self and the World

Posted on Jun 10, 2005
The War against the Self and the World

Control is a central theme of The Ascent of Humanity. Whether we speak of the technologist dream of perfecting our control over nature, or the spiritualist dream of perfecting human nature, the basic strategy is to encourage the good and control the bad. Just as the technological answer to a problem is to fix it […]