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The Planetary Condition

Photo by David Menidrey on Unsplash I want to say that the single greatest development in human affairs in the post war period (i.e., after 1945) is the entry of the nonhuman. In fact, we could say that the period starts…

The Anthropocene is a Ponzi Scheme

Photo by Joshua Brown on Unsplash TL;DR: Anthropocene = Ponzi Scheme. Slightly longer version: The Anthropocene is the culmination of liberalism and it’s a Ponzi scheme. I started writing this essay as a way of understanding the term “Anthropocene” and its…

Revolution isn’t Enough

Brief comments on this article by George Monbiot. Even those who are aware of the emergency imposed by climate change underestimate the urgency. Let’s take the most extreme responses that have been discussed so far. In the US there’s talk…

Regulating Monopolies

Brief comment on this NYT article by Tim Wu. This article reminds me of Peter Thiel’s infamous claim that monopolies are preferable to competition. No wonder he supported Trump. We need to wean ourselves off their seductive gadgets and networks…

The Emergent Design of Failure

Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash I am not letting any secrets slip in saying that the world has become much more authoritarian in the last decade. The largest countries in the world: China, India, the US, Russia, Brazil are all now…

The Climate of Conservatism

Every day we hear about how Republicans deny climate change and how their racism drives their immigration policies. What if the two were one and the same? After all, since they are in power, they are privy to national security…

Food for Thought

Photo by Swaminathan Jayaraman on Unsplash Cognitive Humanities For the longest time I have been thinking of a non-existent set of disciplines that I call the cognitive humanities. If cognitive science is the scientific study of the human mind and…

Back to the Future

By UY Scuti (Photo taken during my rail-fanning session.) [GFDL () or CC BY-SA 3.0 ()], via Wikimedia Commons Thoughts on this wonderful analysis by Pedestrian Observations. I bet Anil Ambani didn’t get the Rafale deal because he submitted his…

The Adventures of Vatman

Aren’t straight lines boring? I have been zagging about climate change, animal rights and other planetary calamities for several months. It’s getting to be burdensome. Time to zig. Or rather, it’s time to zigback to a topic I continue to…