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Category Archives: Nature

One of the most important videos on the internet barely has 10,000 views: Donella Meadows on Sustainable Systems

posted by Joshua on March 18, 2017 in Awareness, Education, Models, Nature

I just watched what I consider one of the most important videos I’ve seen. It’s not exciting, but it covers what I consider the most important issue of our time—how to understand global warming and what we can do about it. Not just the usual questions about science, numbers, and politics. The video is of[…] Keep reading →

Judgment is automatic, what you do with it is your choice

posted by Joshua on March 16, 2017 in Awareness, Nature, Nonjudgment

People are so quick and smug to say, “You shouldn’t judge so much” or that they don’t judge. Next time you notice yourself judging, try to notice if you chose to create that feeling of judgment or if the feeling happened without conscious intent. The involuntary part I haven’t experienced how anyone’s mind works but[…] Keep reading →

My disillusion from visiting Columbia’s Earth and Environmental Science Department

posted by Joshua on March 4, 2017 in Education, Leadership, Nature

I’ll get in trouble for describing this visit as one of the most disillusioning interactions I’ve had for a long time. This post is part of a work in progress, of me disentangling my thoughts and impressions to figure out how to act in a community I’m partly an outsider, but whose involvement I consider[…] Keep reading →

Avoiding “fiber-removed” foods in general instead of avoiding sugar

posted by Joshua on February 3, 2017 in Fitness, Habits, Nature

In response to someone posting how he avoided sugar, I shared my practice, which I find simpler, less artificial, and closer to the original plants and fungi, which is to avoid foods whose fiber has been removed. Here are a few posts I wrote, first my original response, then my responses to responses. I worked[…] Keep reading →

Does holiday joy and family require chainsaws and landfills?

posted by Joshua on January 23, 2017 in Nature

Look at these wasted trees. I took these pictures in one-and-a-half blocks! … about two weeks after Christmas, not even after the peak of trees being out on the street. The city is filled with trees chain sawed for a brief stand and then thrown away. I don’t think Manhattan is unique. Where you live[…] Keep reading →

New York Times front page normalizes what makes people fat

posted by Joshua on January 19, 2017 in Fitness, Nature

The New York Times wrote Saturday on the front page: Food stamps are supposed to help improve nutrition for the poor, but a study shows that, just like everyone else, food stamp users buy soda and junk food. Just like everyone else?!? Bull-f-ing-shit! “Everyone else” does not buy soda and junk food. I have never[…] Keep reading →