It’s more about learning that it is about Time, right?
I came across this Johan Galtung fellow while perusing something unrelated, and discovered that he is the latest in a long line of prognosticators who use past behaviour to predict future likelihoods. The short of it is that Galtung’s model puts the fall of the US Empire (not the Republic – at least the continental USA will survive, as did the UK) at about the year 2020 CE. There are plenty of alternate theories and criticisms. I first came across this idea in depth with Oswald Spengler’s the Decline of the West.
Summing it up (hard to do, it’s quite complex, and I read a simplification of that):
an empire…has a culture of legitimizing a structure of unequal exchange between center and periphery
* economically, between exploiters and exploited, as inequity;
* militarily, between killers and victims, as enforcement;
* politically, between dominators and dominated, as repression;
* culturally, between alienators and alienated, as conditioning. Continue reading “Never a Waste of Time”
Why Addiction is Not a Disease
Addiction results…from the motivated repetition of the same thoughts and behaviours until they become habitual. Thus, addiction develops-it’s learned-but it’s learned more deeply and often more quickly than most other habits, due to a narrowing tunnel of attention and attraction.
One: Defining Addiction – A battleground of Opinions
The fact is that we in the West embrace the logic of pigeonholing problems, givin gthem unique names, and finding technical solutions-the more targeted the better-for alleviating them. That is, to a T, the logic of Western medicine.
Here are the specifics. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA-a component of NIH), “Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.”
Continue reading “the Biology of Desire”
and Architectural imagination in using the Sun to remind us where we are. Found this on the Juxtapoz magazine site. … Continue reading Time and Words
Arguments for Change, Renaissance, and Revolution Having long ago decided that a change from the Gregorian to something else would … Continue reading Arguments for New Calendars