It seems we are well aware of our mortality and the meaninglessness of life, but expend huge amounts of energy that things are otherwise.One of the key mechanisms are religious beliefs and the world views constructed by adherents.Maybe we should cut to the chase, and stop criticising individual religions and the actions of their adherents?But… Continue reading Terror Management Theory
Many years ago I was involved in food coops, and recently went to Kos. I was impressed by the many small Greek Orthodox chapels, all with kitchens and dining areas, and looking up the numbers of Saint's days, understood why!Nearby islands are blue zones, with the highest life expectancy on the planet. Why are we handing… Continue reading Food Banks or food coops and celebration?
Reading Charles Mann 1491, also have his 1493 that goes into more detail about the effects of pre Columbian American crops on the world. He quotes H Garrison Wilkes. The Milpa " is one of the most successful human inventions ever created". granta 2005 p198 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milpa "Charles C. Mann described milpa agriculture as follows, in 1491: New Revelations of the… Continue reading Milpa
I have a cellar full of tools and man stuff. But why? As we have libraries and car sharing and car clubs why not share many many more things like tools, gardening expertise, design skills?Why do individuals drag around van loads of stuff when they could be picked up using a cargo bike from a… Continue reading Tool Libraries
Should dividing stuff off, enclosing it, categorising it,putting it into boxes and subjects, be understood as stuff you do to protect it whilst it is young, like staking a tree? Thus it isn't a tragedy of the commons, but a tragedy of infantilising, keeping the water wings on or the stabiliser wheels on a bicycle… Continue reading Healing the tangled bank
I am doing a brilliant Coursera course Introduction to Global Health https://class.coursera.org/globalhealthintro-001/wiki/view?page=syllabus and this is my attempt at an essay! Thinking about this since writing this, would someone help me invent a form of transport where dancing makes it move - using arms, legs, hips, elbows, knees... A strategy for the prevention of the… Continue reading Dancing Bicycles?
Loads of water near the Olympics site! http://worldarchitecture.org/transparence/hmfe/beautiful-modern-water-villa-sets-sail-in-amsterdam.html Beautiful Modern Water Villa Sets Sail in Amsterdam There are hundreds of canals criss-crossing through Amsterdam which make the city uniquely suited for living on the water. This new modern houseboat at De Omval makes houseboats on Lake Powell in the USA look like redneck McMansions.… Continue reading The future house boat
Architect and planner David Pearson proposed a list of rules towards the design of organic architecture. These rules are known as the Gaia Charter for organic architecture and design. It reads: "Let the design: be inspired by nature and be sustainable, healthy, conserving, and diverse. unfold, like an organism, from the seed within. exist in the "continuous… Continue reading Organic Architecture
http://www.selfsufficientish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=24308 Man builds Hobbit house for 3k by ajs88 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:41 pm I've just read a wonderful story about a man who has built a hobbit style home for him and his family. He had no previous experience and was allowed to build the house by the ownder of a forest who… Continue reading Hobbit homes for all?
http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/thinking-tech/the-worlds-first-3-d-printed-car-video/8583?tag=nl.e660 The world’s first 3-D printed car By Tuan C. Nguyen | September 22, 2011, 6:00 AM PT In miniaturized form, it makes for a fine kid’s toy. But Jim Kor knows that when you’ve spent the last several years talking up plans to build the world’s first 3-D printed electric car, nothing short of a drivable… Continue reading 3D Printed car – so why not mobility buggies?