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The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: The values of hope and happiness

David Suzuki on how our tendency to seek solace in material things as a reaction to threats such as terrorism and climate change causes more insecurity.

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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Simple pleasures and the greatest of treasures

Ok, it’s that time. Time to put down the pen, or in this case, the keyboard; start cooking dinner – very slowly, for maximum flavour – and cut the grass in the golden sun of the late afternoon… And, crank up the rock and roll on the wireless headphones! Whoo-hoo! After a satisfying and truly . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Simple pleasures and the greatest of treasures

Politics, Re-Spun: Listen to the December 2012 Politics, Re-Spun Panel on Human Rights and Consumerism

December 2012′s Politics, Re-Spun panel on Co-op Radio included Julie McArthur, Alnoor Gova, Imtiaz Popat, Anna Davey, Kevin Harding and Stephen Elliott-Buckley discussing:

International Human Rights Day, experiencing “My Voice, My Right, My Voice Counts” Over-consumption, just consumption, Christmas consumption, sexism, quality of life, consumption as a proxy for enhancing our relationships and happiness. And . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Listen to the December 2012 Politics, Re-Spun Panel on Human Rights and Consumerism

Death By Trolley: A transcendent secular solution to the mind-body problem

What is the relationship between mind and matter?

Materialism holds that the mental is a product of the physical – the mind is what the brain does. By contrast, dualist accounts are consistent with our common sense notion that the mental is fundamentally different from the physical. How much does a thought weigh? a . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: A transcendent secular solution to the mind-body problem

Art Threat: Walking as art to avoid global catastrophe – Review: The Robinson Institute by Patrick Keiller at Tate Britain

Portrait of Patrick Keiller. (Photo: Samuel Drake)

It is not always the case that definitive moments in art history can be precisely located. Certainly not the first act of artistic creation, that “strange beginning” of Gombrich’s Story of Art — a 35,000 year-old mammoth ivory carving, perhaps?

The American architectural theorist, . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Walking as art to avoid global catastrophe – Review: The Robinson Institute by Patrick Keiller at Tate Britain

The Scott Ross: All Breasts Are Fake To What A Woman Is

Some say the world is too fake, where in reality it isn’t fake enough.

Because silicone breasts, money and lies aren’t real, we know more about what actually is real. The fact is the more we embrace materialism, the more we recognize how artificial and temporary it is, we recognize how real and permanent . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: All Breasts Are Fake To What A Woman Is