The Case For and Against Progress

For most of my life as a thinking individual I’ve struggled with two opposing ideas: On the one hand, humans are horrible–taken as a species–both self-serving and self-destructive, weirdly.   And yet they are at the same time extraordinary, overcoming obstacles...
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Scrappy! Why We Fight…Podcast

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Scrappy! Why We Fight: What it Means

I originally intended this as a WH quickie. But it ran a little long. Don’t worry, only 1000 words, you can still rip through it on your phone. (ed).  The BBC has estimated that currently on the planet two people are killed every minute in a violent conflict. Think back...
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Was Agriculture a Mistake?

These days large parts of our culture are celebrating the return of the “small farmer.” Food production is attracting progressive, young people who are earnestly looking to save the planet while improving our health. So it seems uncool and counter-intuitive to go...
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The Same Story, Over and Over?

The more you read in history the more you (ok, I) get the feeling that we’re reading the same story. If you take the big-picture approach, and begin before agriculture and sedentism (ca 10,000 years ago), then the only things of significance seem to be the big shifts. Big...
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Protected: Rethinking 50kya

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Protected: Learning About Who We Really Are

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Protected: Why Do We Farm?

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