The suburbs are the spiritual home of overconsumption. But they also hold the key to a better future
Economic "degrowth" may be difficult to achieve, but a "prosperous descent" is possible.
The Israeli historian has plenty to say.
- In Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari investigated the last half-million years to understand how we've arrived here.
- In Homo Deus, he speculated on how our present course will influence the future of humanity.
- Harari's insights are strongly influenced by his thoughts on religion, sexuality, and animal rights.
None of these steps are quick or easy, but practice and online courses can help.
Many of my best friends think that some of my deeply held beliefs about important issues are obviously false or even nonsense. Sometimes, they tell me so to my face. How can we still be friends? Part of the answer is that these friends and I are philosophers, and philosophers learn how to deal with positions on the edge of sanity. In addition, I explain and give arguments for my claims, and they patiently listen and reply with arguments of their own against my – and for their – stances. By exchanging reasons in the form of arguments, we show each other respect and come to understand each other better.
Oppression causes many people to run for the hills. Literally.
- We often imagine that civilization was formed when people agreed to from societies together and then attracted others out of the wildreness to join them.
- Some historians and anthropologists argue that a huge part of Asia is filled with people who did the opposite.
- If true, the idea could flip our understanding of how states and civilizations form on its head.
A new study out of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville traces a disturbing correlation.
- Before 1990, there was no noticeable correlation between obesity and poverty.
- Within a quarter-century, impoverished regions showed a massive uptick in obesity and type 1 diabetes.
- Researchers chart the relationship between "food deserts" along with obesity levels.
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