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Category Archives: Nature

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 →

Op/ed Friday: How climate change scientists are failing climate change initiatives

posted by Joshua on January 13, 2017 in Education, Leadership, Nature

I teach leadership and I am passionate about reducing global warming. Global warming is a global effect meaning changing it will require global efforts, meaning changing behavior on a global scale. Changing behavior is leadership. In other words, changing global warming patterns requires leadership, no matter what technological solutions we find. Global warming leadership: is[…] Keep reading →

Cheetah extinction, the Earth’s carrying capacity, and how many kids you want

posted by Joshua on December 31, 2016 in Nature

News a few days ago said the cheetah is approaching extinction. As the BBC wrote in “Cheetahs heading towards extinction as population crashes,” The sleek, speedy cheetah is rapidly heading towards extinction according to a new study into declining numbers. The report estimates that there are just 7,100 of the world’s fastest mammals now left[…] Keep reading →

Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, and Trent Reznor’s Important but Flawed Statement

posted by Joshua on December 13, 2016 in Art, Awareness,, Leadership, Nature

My article today, “Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, and Trent Reznor’s Important but Flawed Statement,” began Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, and Trent Reznor’s Important but Flawed Statement Before the Flood brings global warming to your living room and Hollywood. But does it lead to changing the behavior that causes it? Leonardo Di Caprio played Romeo,[…] Keep reading →

It pays to blow your mind sometimes

posted by Joshua on December 8, 2016 in Awareness, Models, Nature, Nonjudgment, Perception

Flexibility in your beliefs and mental models is a key part of intelligence and leadership. Your beliefs influence how you see the world. Only being able to see things one way confines you to a mental jail and keeps you from solving problems. Think of the 4-minute mile. When everyone believed breaking it was impossible,[…] Keep reading →

Why I care about the environment, and it’s not because of the environment

posted by Joshua on November 22, 2016 in Nature

I find nature beautiful, but that’s not why I care about the environment. If you know me, you know I do more than most to avoid polluting and contributing to global warming. I contribute, but probably something like 10% what a typical American does. Not eating meat, not driving, avoiding flying, avoiding packaged food, wearing[…] Keep reading →

Two big problems with how we work on global warming, and solutions

posted by Joshua on November 21, 2016 in Leadership, Nature

I recommend Before the Flood, a documentary on global warming by Leonardo Di Caprio, Martin Scorcese, and others, including music by Trent Reznor. It’s free on YouTube: Two big problems Problem #1: the people who know what’s happening—the scientists—are unskilled at influencing others and the people skilled at influencing others, like Di Caprio, don’t have[…] Keep reading →