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  • “Deep” Complexity

    A graphic depiction of Gaia from Pixabay, showing that we are connected to each other, to our ecology, and to everything else. That everything in the entire universe, not just earth bound systems, all somehow link together.   Can We Understand Complexity or Only Sense It? Complex situations affecting humans baffle us and often stir […]

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  • Covid-19 Complexity

    This is one variation of Ouroboros, a snake eating its own tail — doesn’t recognize its own tail.. Here Ouroboros is also shown in the form of the universal symbol for infinity, signifying deep, hidden feedback connections that we might never be able to fathom with human brains.   Covid-19 as a Complex Process Most […]

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  • A Microbiomic Crisis

    The Economy Critically Disrupts the Balance of Nature  Black Lives Matter demonstrations all over the world crowded Covid-19 out of the news, swelling into a pandemic of demonstrations in small towns as well as big cities on six continents. Triggered by the death of George Floyd, many local protests called out police abuses of people […]

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  • Planet of the Humans

        Planet of the Humans, movie by Michael Moore and Jeff Gibbs Moore and Gibbs’ movie appears calculated to incite controversy. If so, they certainly roiled the environmental community. So far, it’s received little mainstream attention, and a few environmental activists are demanding that it be pulled because it is misleading – and also, […]

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  • Finding Our Real Reserves

    Finding Our Real Reserves April 7, 2020  Covid-19 and its economic tailspin presage many more crises to come. We must change how we live and how we think. Our economic objectives have set us up for Covid-19, with more debacles on the way. What we have assumed to be success, isn’t. We yearn to return […]

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  • System Fragility

                  Above: Model of the Corona Virus. At Right: Diagram of our proper priorities: Earth first; us second; profit third. Or, should profit be no more than a systemic convention?   Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush First in a Series “Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush” is a […]

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  • Legal Creep

      Legal Creep Or why we think there is no alternative to economic expansion A better sub-title for this essay with two book reviews might be “can we escape our self-deception that economic expansion is necessary?” Whether economic expansion is labeled capitalist or socialist, we insist that we must “grow.” Escaping this mindset stretches our […]

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  • Your Invitation to Quality Over Quantity Teleconference on March 7, 11 am Eastern

    Quality over Quantity, Always (3 minute video) You are invited to our Compression Thinking Series Podcast Follow Up Teleconference #6 On Quality Over Quantity 8:00 pm EDT, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 This is sixth in a series of 12 podcasts followed by teleconferences asking how each podcast topic might relate to your problems. One is […]

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  • Symbiotic Thinking by Doc Hall and Ethan Berry, The Compression Institute

    Doc Hall and Ethan Berry Dig Deeper into Symbiotic Thinking in a New Video – Conversation on Symbiotic Thinking

    Video Conversation on Symbiotic Thinking (13 minutes) You are invited to our Compression Thinking Series Podcast Follow Up Teleconference #4 On Symbiotic Thinking This is fourth in a series of 12 podcasts followed by teleconferences asking how each podcast topic might relate to your problems. One is held every Tuesday evening at 8 pm Eastern […]

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  • Economic Development and Biodiversity

    What Will It Take for Us to Become Serious?  The split between believers in economic development and those pressing for environmental preservation is poised to become the dominant rift in American society. Along with that is the difficulty of translating big picture issues into local action, here and now. Yesterday, on line at home after […]

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  • Lawn as Sanctuary, by Doc Hall, Compression Institute (Video 5 minutes)

    Our Customs of Cutting Grass and Biodiversity

    Most lawns reduce biodiversity.The video is over two years old, but it touches on a subject that popped up in science news three times this past week, here, here, and here. Scientists fear that we are losing insects at a rapid rate, and if they go, with them goes much other plant and animal life. Why […]

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  • This Civilization is Finished | Before the Collapse | Why We Believe

    Much public discourse, if you can call it that, revolves around keeping economic expansion going, assuming that no alternative exists. Economists refer to the opposite of expansion as contraction, presuming that it’s a temporary blip in inevitable expansion. All their nostrums propose to revive expansion.  By contrast, “Compression” proposes living with less, presuming that we have put Planet Earth […]

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