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Power: Chapter 7. The Fate of the Superorganism

Ecologists have been telling us that “small is beautiful” since the 1960s, but trends have gone in just the opposite direction, resulting in the flourishing of the Superorganism. Nobody designed this vast, intricate web of global interconnectedness, and no one can control it.

September 12, 2022

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Power: Chapter 6. Involuntary Power Limits: Death, Extinction, Collapse

If we are indeed in an overshoot phase, we must do what we can to avert or minimize a die-off event.

August 18, 2022

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Power: Chapter 5. Overpowered: The Fine Mess We’ve Gotten Ourselves Into

Power is essential; without it, we would be literally powerless. But one can have too much of a good thing. How much power is enough? How much is too much?

July 15, 2022

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Power: Chapter 4. Power in the Anthropocene

With fossil fuels and electrification, and thus greater mobility and instant communications, we have indeed become a human “hive.”

June 28, 2022


Power: Chapter 3. Power in the Holocene

Whether in family, school, work, or politics, we’re all immersed in the pathologies of power. If we’re lucky, we learn to navigate these waters without being harmed irreparably, and without harming others. Many are not so fortunate.

May 20, 2022

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Power: Chapter 2. Power in the Pleistocene

The power to communicate aesthetic pleasure and thereby to feel profound affinity with other people, including individuals of other species, propel human culture forward in ways that are hard to measure, but that are impossible to ignore. These are powers that provide hope for our future.

April 27, 2022

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