Tag Archives: hubris

Nazis, space shuttles and the end of things

Narratives of decline and imminent ‘apocalypse’ (meaning ‘the revealing of the truth’) are, of course, as old as the hills. Spengler wasn’t the guy who invented them. So, at the gym, on the stepper, reading an issue of “London Review … Continue reading

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Paying our barnacle bill…

OK, so I bought this ‘self-help’ book from the 60s to a) laugh at it/feel superior and b) see if there was anything with which I could, um, help myself. Actually, it – “Beyond Success and Failure” by Willard and … Continue reading

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Most of our energy goes into upholding our importance

Most of our energy goes into upholding our importance… If we are capable of losing some of that importance, two extraordinary things happen to us.  One, we free our energy from trying to maintain the illusory idea of our grandeur; and, … Continue reading

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Those pesky “cascading ecological crises”

Have just read a really interesting article from the June 2011 issue of the journal “Public Administration.” It’s called Institutional and Political Leadership Dimensions of Cascading Ecological Crises, and it’s by a bunch of scientists/policy wonks at the Stockholm Resilience … Continue reading

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Youtube: What is Ecological Modernisation?

Not the best thing I’ve ever done, but sort of fit for purpose (fingers crossed). Comments and criticism welcome as ever – esp as to how it coulda been better done.

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New reflexive boss just the same as the old boss

So, tying in with discussions about “mastery versus control,” climate crises, and just how smart this species is(n’t)… Of particular interest at the ‘stronger’ end of the scale are the arguments for ‘reflexive modernisation’ as advocated by Ulrich Beck (see … Continue reading

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Japanese Nuclear Emergency: on otters, mushrooms clouds and what we need to see

There are scripts to follow when it comes to disasters. Oil spills must have black gooeyed wildlife (otters, pelicans). It’s not a real spill till they turn up. (The real damage, of course, is a lot less photogenic). And nuclear … Continue reading

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