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279: Role model and global leader Mechai Viravaidya

on January 25, 2020 in Podcast

Here are the notes I read from for this episode I’ve said we don’t have many role models. Well I found one. I was wrong. I’m going to tell you about a man I briefly mentioned in one of my episodes on Alan Weisman’s book Countdown. He exposes the absolute self-pitying lie that what one person do doesn’t matter. Also the lie that government has to act first, or corporations.[…] Keep reading →

More (d)evolving views on universities

on January 24, 2020 in Education

Growing up the son of a tenured history professor led me to view universities in high regard—the pinnacle of education and learning. I’ve since come to see changing behavior as a measure of education and learning. That is, if it didn’t lead you to change your life, how can you say you learned? Without alternate universes to test what would have happened, you can’t test this, so I’m speaking loosely,[…] Keep reading →

Year 10, day 1, number 3,764

on January 23, 2020 in Creativity, Habits, SIDCHAs

My blog archives show that on January 23, 2011, after a few years of posting irregularly, I wrote my first post of a still-unbroken streak. This post is number 3,764. I posted twice many days, such as my during my North Korea trips. Friends had recommended I start a blog for years. I began thinking I contained a few dozen ideas worth posting about, maybe 50, at least as far[…] Keep reading →

How Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s look when you avoid packaging

on January 22, 2020 in Nature, Visualization

When you avoid packaged food long enough, all the garbage and missing flavor becomes the food and doof‘s main identity. There’s more packaging, advertising, and other non-food stuff that will fester in landfills for centuries or at best cost money and resources to decompose. These pictures are what Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s look like when you avoid packaged food. In fact, these stores contribute to places like in these[…] Keep reading →

Do you postpone or get postponed on more?

on January 21, 2020 in Habits

Sometimes you can’t help postponing a meeting. Which happens more, that you postpone on others or that others postpone on you? People tell me their ratio is about 1:1. For me, I feel people postpone on me at least three or four times more. If someone depends on me, I try to meet their trust. If others postpone on me more, am I too lenient? A pushover? A loser? If[…] Keep reading →

278: I have an environmental dream

on January 20, 2020 in Podcast

Here are the notes I read from for this episode, along with the text of the speech: You might know I gave a series of talks at NYU that preceded this podcast One of their themes was parallels between the US civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s and environmental action. Who would have expected it to succeed to the extent it did, however far we have to go?[…] Keep reading →

277: The joys and challenges of leaving addiction

on January 19, 2020 in Podcast

Here are the notes I read from for this episode: I recently recorded conversations with Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Eat to Live Rewatched The End of Dieting and a part captured me About stopping a habit, the stages one goes through Though he talks about food and diet, the same stages and challenges appear in living by your environmental habits. He starts by talking about how when you start — eating[…] Keep reading →

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