Saturday 30 January 2016

Thursday 28 January 2016

A Book Review, "Waking Up" by Sam Harris (On Youtube)


"Someone on the internet called this Cargo Cult Science, but I can't really get behind that term, because Cargo Cults get results… Cargo Cults are based on empirical experience… Cargo Cults… compared to this, are not that bad!"

Gary Francione is Wrong (On Youtube)

Gary Francione is Wrong (veganism, animal rights, and the theory of the "single-issue cause"):

Monday 25 January 2016

Friday 22 January 2016

Communism, Mass Starvation and Agriculture

Inevitably, this includes anecdotes from Laos:

When you have a chance, please take the time to watch my more formal video on mass starvation in China (under Mao Zedong); this is a tremendously important chapter of the world's history:

Sunday 17 January 2016

The U.N. on Ecology, 10 Years Later…

Ten years after the U.N. F.A.O.'s report, "Livestock's Long Shadow", we have to ask: is the U.N. basically a friend or a foe, in addressing the most basic questions of ecology and meat production? On Youtube:

Saturday 9 January 2016

Riding a Bicycle is Not the Meaning of Life

Riding a bicycle is not the meaning of life.  Not even if it's up a mountain in Thailand.  More autobiographical reflections on Youtube:

Why I don't have a PhD (Part 2 of 2)

Looking even more haggard than I did in part 1 (the two parts having been filmed on opposite sides of the planet, with my struggling to recover from jet-lag in both cases):