Why things will continue to get worse over the coming decade.

For nearly all of our evolutionary history, we humans were a marginal species with a limited lifespan, operating in a world full of exogenous dangers. As such, we adapted to the pressures acting upon us. Our brains, and therefore our feelings and behaviors, are all adapted to handle the circumstances…

How we fixate on imaginary threats and thereby create enormous and entirely unnecessary harms

In 1970, in order to give Earth Day some psychological punch, someone adapted Oliver Hazard Perry’s famous words given in his Report after the battle of Lake Erie (“we have met the enemy and they are ours”) to suit contemporary needs; the new phrase was later adopted by the cartoonist…

How to avoid NYE failure syndrome

We all know the classic story: remorseful people who’ve eaten and drunk far too much over the holidays promise themselves they’ll adopt better habits in the year to come. Earnestly they make their resolutions, fully intending to carry them out. …

A history of the future post-2024

In 2024, US voters will elect Donald J. Trump as President and thanks to the uniquely wonderful Electoral College system, Trump will win not only the popular vote (77 million to 68 million) but sweep the board when it comes to Electoral College votes.

Trump will lose no time and…

How simple lies can end up destroying lives

When I was four years old and living with my family in Arabia, I attended what today would be called a pre-school. Fortunately for me, it was not merely a parking-lot for children designed to facilitate the ability of fathers to work undisturbed and mothers likewise to enjoy drinks with…

When there are fewer winters ahead than behind

Many years ago when I had the amazing good fortune to be lugging a heavy pack up and down the dreary Welsh mountains among over two hundred youthful hopefuls and under the watchful gaze of the directing staff, I was told “the mind gives up before the body.” Back then…

Some interesting similarities between the collapse of bronze-age civilization and our present situation

Approximately around 1170 BCE, all the major well-developed bronze-age societies of the eastern Mediterranean collapsed within a single lifetime. …

How evolution matters more than transient fashion when it comes to what we find attractive in a potential partner

It’s commonplace to hear people claiming that we are conditioned by “society” or “the patriarchy” or some other conveniently undefined abstraction when it comes to the question of what we find attractive in a potential sexual partner. Furthermore, as most people in the developed world are now either obese or…

How the Roman Catholic Church was for over a thousand years the dominant economic power in the West

Today we’re accustomed to companies coming and going. Even relatively long-lived organizations span merely a century or two before being replaced by more capable competitors. Most banks date back only a couple of hundred years or less, while the large automobile manufacturers date from the turn of the previous century…

Why the Fermi Paradox and the Drake Equation don’t actually help us to know how many angels can dance on the head of a pin

Back in the summer of 1950 four physicists were walking to lunch; among their number was Enrico Fermi who was famous for creating the world’s first nuclear pile — the precursor to the atomic energy plants that would be built over the coming decades around the world to provide cheap…

Allan Milne Lees

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