Karen Lynn Allen

Karen Lynn Allen is a novelist and blogger who draws on her background in
both literature and engineering to write about energy and resilience
issues. Her novel, Beaufort 1849, depicts a society that needs to make an
energy transition but instead doubles down on its way of life with
catastrophic consequences.

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What We Encourage

I’ll also point out that while one set of choices is promoted, reinforced, and made as convenient as possible, the other set is shamed, challenged, or made as dangerous as possible.

April 19, 2021

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Put Down Those Rocks You’re Carrying

Indeed, our negative emotions are used to divide and exploit us, to confuse us from seeing who (or what) is behind the curtain pulling the levers. You can stop that cycle, at least with your own life and your own consciousness.

December 1, 2020


Social Cohesion and Public Health

So let’s walk our way out of this pandemic. Walk our way to mental, emotional and physical health. Walk our way back to social
cohesion. Walk our way back to a functional society where anger and suspicion aren’t the normal ways we interact with each other.

June 2, 2020


Fourteen Low-Tech Ways to Stay Healthy (Besides Handwashing)

Health is not just an absence of illness. At the very least health includes a well-functioning immune system, our bodies’ first defense against pathogens that cause disease. This includes COVID-19, the coronavirus.

March 9, 2020


The Habits of Unhappy People (and What You Can Do About Them)

Some habits make us unhappy. Others reveal unhappiness. Some do both. A healthy society strives to nurture the well-being of its members, because secure, stable people who find satisfaction in life can work together, innovate, adapt to change, and problem-solve effectively. A country full of miserable, angry people who spend their time blotting out their pain or lashing out at others can cope with almost nothing.

February 10, 2020


Why Don’t You Have an Electric Bike Already?

If you’re already making most of your daily trips by bike or on foot, you don’t need to read further. An electric bike is unlikely to improve your life. For everyone else, read on!

April 16, 2019

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