Think Out Loud

An invitation to debate ecology, art, human development and enlightenment

The Meaningfulness Project: A personalized curriculum for a meaningful life

The Short Version: The Meaningfulness Project is a writing series (in progress) about how I’m learning to live a meaningful life.  I think a “meaningful life” comes from long-term commitment to … Continue reading

April 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

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