Category Archives: Human Nature

A book review of “Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America“ by David J. Silverman

[ This is a book review of “Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America“ by David J. Silverman 2016. I found this book hard to put down.  It should be read because it tells the role guns played … Continue reading

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Republicans Brains are wired to deny science & reality

[ This is my book review of Chris Mooney’s 2012 “The Republican Brain. The Science of Why They Deny Science—and Reality”. After my review is the first chapter of Mooney’s book, and after that my thoughts about Democratic versus Republican … Continue reading

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Richard Heinberg: “An Order of Chaos Please”

[ Richard Heinberg’s article comes after my comments below: It really matters who is in power when the energy crisis hits, because some leaders will soften collapse more than others. Surely right-wing / libertarian “everyone for themselves” leaders will have … Continue reading

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The phony in American politics: how voters turn into suckers

[ This article skewers many politicians, but my favorite part is what I’ve excerpted below, about one of the first political candidates in the 1930s who ran as a Christian to snag those voters for the big money interests, Texas’s richest oilmen … Continue reading

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Escape to Mars to solve our problems? How absurd

Go to Mars?  Really?  We tried already did, and it didn’t work out.  Remember the $250 million 3.14 acre sealed Biosphere 2 complex near Tucson, Arizona back?  It was built to show how colonists could survive on Mars and other … Continue reading

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Human conflict arising from natural resources

[ There are links as well as excerpts from several articles below. Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer and “Crunch! Whole Grain Artisan Chips and Crackers”. Podcasts: Practical Prepping, … Continue reading

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A Strong Case for the Anthropocene: no other species has ever consumed so much of earth’s resources so quickly

Williams, M., et al. March 14, 2016. The Anthropocene: a conspicuous stratigraphical signal of anthropogenic changes in production and consumption across the biosphere. Earth’s Future. Humans are producing and consuming resources at a geologically unprecedented rate – a rate that … Continue reading

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The dark side of religion: how ritual human sacrifice helped create unequal societies

April 5, 2016. The dark side of religion: how ritual human sacrifice helped create unequal societies. University of Auckland, New Zealand. Journal article: Watts, J., et al. April 14, 2016. Ritual human sacrifice promoted and sustained the evolution of stratified … Continue reading

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Republicans have righteous minds? Really? Book review of the “Righteous Mind”

[ Below is a book review and verbatim excerpts from this book. When I read it I thought there was some wisdom, today I’m less sure.  I don’t see any morality in voting for Donald Trump.  As late-night TV host … Continue reading

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