Category Archives: philosophy

68. Are We Too Wealthy?

Do we demand an unsus­tain­able and unre­al­is­tic qual­ity of life? Does our desire to be wealthy place too much pres­sure on the econ­omy and on the envi­ron­ment? Is it pos­si­ble that we may have to think about accept­ing less?  Thor … Con­tinue read­ing

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63. The Freedom Enterprise and Other Yarns

The very best social ideas are always a cover for the very worst behav­iour. That’s the story of ide­olo­gies. The rea­son is hardly a secret. Almost every known soci­ety has, and always has had, a rul­ing elite whose inter­ests only … Con­tinue read­ing

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62. Economic Complexity and the Engine of Psychology

Con­text: The essay con­sid­ers eco­nom­ics as a psy­cho­log­i­cal phe­nom­e­non with the char­ac­ter­is­tics of a com­plex dynamic sys­tem. It is an ini­tial and some­what play­ful explo­ration, not a math­e­mat­i­cal paper on sys­tems the­ory. The orig­i­nal con­text was a dis­cus­sion group back­ground … Con­tinue read­ing

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61. Ethical Behaviour is Harder for the Rich

Con­text: The mate­rial here com­prises dis­cus­sion points and some ref­er­ence links for a diverse group of peo­ple in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, who fancy them­selves as “gen­tle thinkers”, and who meet from time to time to talk things over. All kinds of … Con­tinue read­ing

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60. The Democracy Problem

Con­text: The mate­rial here com­prises dis­cus­sion points and some ref­er­ence links for a diverse group of peo­ple in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, who fancy them­selves as “gen­tle thinkers”, and who meet from time to time to talk things over. All kinds of … Con­tinue read­ing

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59. Super-Culture And The Ghost In The Machine

Pref­ace: This lit­tle essay is a bit mis­chie­vous, and appar­ently polit­i­cally incor­rect enough to have sparked out­rage in the minds of some sen­si­tive souls from the polite din­ner party set. Although it has no claims to aca­d­e­mic decency, I have … Con­tinue read­ing

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19. Unseen Grammar – Suspecting The God Of Cracks Between The Floorboards

We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel; But it is on the space where there is noth­ing that the use­ful­ness of the wheel depends. We turn clay to make a ves­sel; But it is on the space where … Con­tinue read­ing

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