Ethnocentricity: just because you saw it doesn’t make it true

Ethnocentricity: just because you saw it doesn’t make it true

The word ethnocentric is vastly under utilized. I can’t recall the last time I’ve heard it used in a conversation, yet it is an adjective that colours our world-view every day. If more people understood the concept, maybe we wouldn’t have to suffer through so many dreary “news” stories.   I’ll save you a trip […]

To save the environment (to lower GHG, or just because), we should worry about where all the energy goes, not where it comes from

To save the environment (to lower GHG, or just because), we should worry about where all the energy goes, not where it comes from

  The world has an energy problem. That can sound like a really stupid statement at face value, like saying the world has a life problem. But it’s true. We have a problem because we’ve become accustomed to a certain lifestyle that requires a mind-boggling amount of energy, and we choose to deal with the […]

How hard will it really be to stop using oil?

How hard will it really be to stop using oil?

  Like many other people, I sometimes fall prey to adopting sweeping generalizations based on sheepishly arbitrary observations. The other day I was having coffee with a friend at a hipster-ish coffee shop, and as we contemplated the world’s problems we noticed that many of the male customers had beards. This useless observation then of […]

Too much comfort will destroy you

Too much comfort will destroy you

It’s part of the human condition to seek out comfort. It’s not a stupid thing to do; it’s infinitely more sensible to sit on something soft than to sit on a pile of rocks. Making such decisions is widely regarded as a basic sign of intelligence.   But we’re far beyond those decisions. Thanks largely […]

What will Trump do to energy prices? Probably anything but what we expect

What will Trump do to energy prices? Probably anything but what we expect

The world is still adjusting to having a former over-the-top game show host in the world’s most powerful seat. It has been a bit of shock therapy as Trump has kicked almost every nation in the crotch by way of introduction, although his manic policy implementations show the same tornadic planning style that his campaign […]