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  • Learned Dependency – A Religion?

    By Mike Hall.  Compression advocates a social challenge for humans to seek and learn a lifestyle of “Doing Better With Less”. The concept seems easy to acknowledge given our current observed decline of nature and limited resources. But intelligence (mental and emotional acceptance) of what is necessary for action must first overcome our learned dependency […]

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  • Doc Hall on Healthcare (Video)

    Healthcare and the Quality of All Life

    Healthcare and the Quality of All Life Human health depends on all human systems, plus nature’s systems. But we seldom think of health care that way. We define it as intervention when things go wrong – as curative care to restore health. And its costs seem to be rising out of sight. That’s what concerns […]

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  • An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal

    An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal

    An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD Why does curative care cost so much? Rosenthal explains many of the reasons by muckraking American healthcare in gory detail. Not only an experienced MD, she has written on medical topics extensively for the New York […]

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  • Wicked Problems

    Doc Hall: Wicked Problems (Video 6 minutes) We will be doing more about wicked problems on this blog. A comment about the video: at the end, Jose the owner of the restaurant said that his wicked problem at the time was disposing of grease from his restaurant. The problem becomes much more extensive because it […]

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  • Coffee With Doc: EDUCE

    EDUCE: Education that Learns

    Coffee With Doc: EDUCE.   Educe: Education that Learns   By Jack Ring Whether children or adults, most of us love to learn; we don’t like to be taught – told by an authority. Great “teachers” know this. They guide each learner’s self-discovery. Anything you discover may be old knowledge, but when you see it […]

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  • The Econocracy: The Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts

    The Econocracy: The Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts

    The Econocracy: The Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts by Joe Earle, Cahal Moran, and Zach Ward-Perkins This book attracted interest because it is associated with Rethinking Economics, a gestating global movement of renegade graduate students in economics bent on reforming economic thinking. They are revolting against the models and doctrines they are being […]

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  • A Direction in the Chaos

    Coffee With Doc: Stalking Dinner (Video 4 minutes) Whether called “free market,” globalization,” neo-liberalism, or something else, the West’s prevailing business and economic system is sputtering. A totally new social contract will have to displace it because the present system appears incapable of meeting our needs in the 21st century. The old system featured conflict […]

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  • Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason

    Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason Mason is an experienced British writer and TV news editor covering economics and public policy. His future vision fuses artificial intelligence, automation, environmental problems, and wonky strategies to cure our global economic mess. Having seen policy made in central government sausage grinders, he pulls few punches. […]

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  • Re-Balancing Ourselves

    Coffee With Doc: Re-Balancing Ourselves Previous posts referred to a broad swath of environmental degradation undermining our consumptive way of life. Issues are global, but vary by location. Some of us don’t want to accept that this is happening; others are engaged in so many little initiatives that no one can know of them all. […]

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  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Harari and Less Medicine, More Health: 7 Assumptions That Drive Too Much Medical Care by Gilbert Welch

    Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Harari Yuval Noah Harari is a professor of history in The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a secular Jew. That’s important because he spends part of the book on the rift between science and religions, and he’s a neutral observer. Along the way he dribbles in […]

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  • Can We Make Human Progress?

    Even economists are beginning to see that the current economic system is flawed. Most want to fix it, like Jared Bernstein who advocates re-priming growth, but distributing it more equally, which he calls “reconnection.” Arguments about fairness captivate us more than ecological crises that seem more abstract, so they dominate attention. They want to overhaul […]

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