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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Reflections on Chartres Cathedral, the death of civilization and the deification of the banal

Thinking of Chartres Cathedral, I ask myself, what, if anything, have we built in the past eight centuries, that compares to this? The iPad, computers, cell phones, the internet? Are you kidding me? You must be joking. We have more ways to amuse ourselves, yes, but when has our capacity for entertainment, amusement and . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Reflections on Chartres Cathedral, the death of civilization and the deification of the banal

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New studies show babies have basically decent impulses and are strongly driven by moral imperatives

More research shows once again that compassion, empathy and mutual aid, and an instinct toward cooperation, are innate in human beings, confirming what the great Russian biologist and anarchist philosopher Peter Kropotkin had already amply demonstrated over a hundred years ago, in his monumental work, Mutual Aid. My but our cherished ideological self-deceptions die slowly. . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: New studies show babies have basically decent impulses and are strongly driven by moral imperatives

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Mexico City: A study in impermanence, and a lesson to us all

pablo lopez luz photographs the concrete waves (or carpet, as he puts it) of Mexico City The unbelievably sprawling concrete carpet of Mexico City seen in these photos make me think… Gorgeous country, beautiful culture and people, horrible government, amazing capital city – but utterly unsustainable, as most cities are. Watch for the ruins […]

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Writings of J. Todd Ring: New studies show generosity and cooperation are both natural and intelligent

A new study shows a mathematical proof that generosity leads to evolutionary success. Biologists offer a mathematically based explanation for why cooperation and generosity have evolved in nature [Credit: Web] “Ever since Darwin,” Plotkin said, “biologists have been puzzled about why there is so much apparent cooperation, and even flat-out generosity and altruism, in nature.” . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: New studies show generosity and cooperation are both natural and intelligent

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Love, sympathy and mutual aid are natural – we have to be taught to be greedy little narcissists

During a California wildfire rescue workers ran out of crates to place rescued animals, forcing them to put a fawn and a bobcat kitten in an office together. When they got back they found that fawn and the bobcat cuddling and the pair became inseparable. Yes, compassion, love and solidarity are natural. […]

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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Reflections on tumblr, facebook and social media

Going from specifics to depth and breadth, and from particularities to universals, here are some thoughts for your consideration, for anyone who may be interested. I’ve come to love the social networking / blogging community / window onto the web which is called tumblr. That being said, tumblr is largely what you make of it. . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Reflections on tumblr, facebook and social media

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Occupy Wall Street: The emerging global pro-democracy movement, where it stands, what it means, and where we go from here

The Occupy Wall Street movement, which has already become a global grassroots populist pro-democracy movement, if we have eyes to see, has clearly already won a broad and growing base of support. What is needed now, I believe, is to further clarify and… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Occupy Wall Street: The emerging global pro-democracy movement, where it stands, what it means, and where we go from here

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Public poll on the state of democracy: please respond – your views and your voice matter!

Please answer the following question below, share this poll with friends, and leave your comments as well if you wish. (Naturally, of course you can only vote once! This poll aims to be as democratic as possible!) . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Public poll on the state of democracy: please respond – your views and your voice matter!

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Earth Overshoot Day – cause for a pause to reflect

Yesterday, September 27, the Global Footprint Network declared as Earth Overshoot Day: the day that humans have used up all renewable resources available for the year. Not good. This obviously cannot continue. Limitless growth in material consumption a… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Earth Overshoot Day – cause for a pause to reflect

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The schizoid nature of the Western world: Overcoming the root paradox of Western civilization – and our own minds

The Western world is still trapped in a paradox and a self-contradiction of our own making: we are schizoid with regards to the body, the material world and to our physicality. On the one hand, we have, as people of the modern world, embraced our physi… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The schizoid nature of the Western world: Overcoming the root paradox of Western civilization – and our own minds

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Built to crash: the coming economic tsunami

`Would you rather have a perfectly efficient system that, if hit by a pebble, would shatter? Or, would you rather have an adaptable system that may not give you the exact output you want, but can handle anything? According to Barry Lynn of the New Am… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Built to crash: the coming economic tsunami

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The system is broken: strategic voting, coalitions, and the political regime under which we live

While I can of course see the rationale for strategic voting, there is much to be said for voting with one’s conscience. When we consistently choose the lesser of two evils, our choices are reduced to evil, and the results are evil. When everyone hol… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The system is broken: strategic voting, coalitions, and the political regime under which we live

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Libertarianism, Anarchism, Socialism and Democracy

Fundamental questions And The future of humanity on earth Or, Further reflections on political economy in the real world The questions of philosophy, and in particular, political philosophy, are of course large: and the implications of our responses, v… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Libertarianism, Anarchism, Socialism and Democracy