Think Out Loud

An invitation to debate ecology, human development and enlightenment

People’s history and Sanders’ presidential run

As the 2016 U.S. presidential election approaches, debates, gaffes and email debacles loom larger in the media. With more voters actively supporting non-establishment candidates and relative outsiders, the tone of U.S. politics … Continue reading

October 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

A balanced life: Appropriate technology and community development in den Ouden’s ‘Are Freedom and Dignity Possible?’

If a hastily put-together profile on LinkedIn is to be believed, Bernard den Ouden was a professor of philosophy at the University of Hartford from 1969 until 2012. A friend … Continue reading

August 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

Sex, Love, Morality: Everything you need to know about Bertrand Russell’s ‘Marriage and Morals’

“Cruelty is in theory a perfectly adequate ground for divorce, but it may be interpreted so as to become absurd. When the most eminent of all film stars was divorced … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

Ideal industry: Steel and Cradle to Cradle ‘nutrient’ cycles

This photo of a steel foundry is courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Steel is currently the world’s most recycled material. Unlike many plastics and paper materials, steel does not necessarily degrade … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Study says you can’t live forever … naturally

In this photo taken by Drew Kelly for The Wall Street Journal, Ray Kurzweil, famed transhumanist, inventor and author of “The Singularity Is Near” and other books, poses for a … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Some insight into the life cycle of electronics

This photo shows the head and part of the torso of WEEE Man, a robot-like sculpture created by London designer Paul Bonomini to draw attention to the waste generated by our … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Success and the alienation of self-mastery

Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, writer friends who shared a romantic interlude and were also pivotal in the development of each other’s work.  Especially in Western culture, the idea of … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

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