Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

And my self continues to write about collapse, and about living better, and about human nature and culture and how the world seemingly works, and about whatever else comes into my mind that seems, to my weary and bewildered and lost and scared self, worth writing down.

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Truth in a Post-Truth Age

Jenny Connected

It was noticeable that each of the five podcasts mentioned Donald Trump in one context or another, who seems to have become synonymous with the idea that the world is suffering from an epidemic of truth decay.

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Re-Imagining Aluminum Smelting

Michael Sampson - Currents

This is a revolutionary advancement in the manufacturing of one of the world’s most widely used metals. As part of Apple’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its products through innovation, the company helped accelerate the development of this technology. From Apple: Aluminum is a key material in many of Apple’s most popular products, and for more than 130 years, it’s been produced the same way. But that’s about to change.

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The Death of Truth: A World Where Lying Pays

How to Save the World

But the world in which almost all human characters now live is decidedly non-tribal and decidedly untrusting, and that situation is getting much worse very quickly. It has to be another lie, a self-deception to make us feel better about our apparent failure to make the world a better place.

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Several Short Sentences About… Bats

How to Save the World

A large part of their brains are devoted to “making sense” of the ultrasonic signals; they “create the world” with sound as much as we do with vision. How the World Really Worksfruit bat, from wikimedia.

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Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

How to Save the World

The so-called leaders of most of the world’s most powerful nations are incompetent and unstable, and this has been the case at least since the events of 2001. By the measures of most societies, many if not most in the more affluent nations of the world are seemingly well off, no?

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Risky Business

How to Save the World

E very year, an organization called the Global Risk Forum presents the corporate and political elite attending the Davos World Economic Forum conference with a snapshot of their assessment of the greatest risks this elite and its vested interests should be aware of.

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From the feed

Chris Corrigan

Is it true that the world is becoming more complex? “It’s ” With a Green New Deal, here’s what the world could look like for the next generation. For the duration of the game, they occupy both worlds. Some interesting links that caught my eye this week.

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Collapse Watch

How to Save the World

My reason for posting this update is a number of conversations I’ve had with fellow “collapsniks” about whether or not the (IMO insane) gun culture of the US will mean that collapse will unfold differently there than it does in the rest of the world.

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Mapping the social innovation ecosystems around public libraries together: the Czech connection(s)

Making CommunitySense

The Tilburg Public Library is known for its groundbreaking library innovations, such as the recently opened LocHal , which is truly a “ world-class urban living room for Tilburg in an iconic former locomotive shed of the Dutch National Railways” More about that in a future post.

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