Category Archives: Nature

The Problem With a Carbon Tax

on August 19, 2017 in Nature, Perception

Shakespeare may have said that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but you can’t smell taxes and the principle doesn’t apply to them. The evidence? Call the estate tax a death tax and suddenly support for it drops, even among people who agree with it in principle, whose communities would benefit from it, and who would benefit from it personally, as Frank Luntz showed. I support[…] Keep reading →

How to have a great conversation in Manhattan

on August 15, 2017 in Habits, Nature

Here’s how to have a great conversation in Manhattan that works every time. Take your compost to a compost station and talk to someone else dropping theirs off. To have compost to drop off means you’ve stored it in your small apartment, probably keeping it in your freezer, until one of the days the stations is open, before they pick it up. Then you have to carry it there and[…] Keep reading →

Pollution, Native Americans, Priorities, and the Opposite of Progress

on August 14, 2017 in Nature, Visualization

Working on leadership and the environment, I’ve thought of people trying to reduce pollution. People my age and old will remember the public service announcements of the 70s with the Native American amid scenes of garbage and pollution, a tear rolling down his face at the tragedy of what we’ve done to the land, blithely ignorant of it. Here are two versions: and The Opposite of Progress These announcements came[…] Keep reading →

My cooking may be the best in the world: the reviews

on August 5, 2017 in Art, Creativity, Fitness, Nature

Taste is a matter of taste, so you may not enjoy my food as much as I do, but I’ve grown confident enough in it to invite people more and more, including for business meetings. I’ve asked people to write reviews. If you come to my place for one of my famous vegetable stews, they’ll tell you what to expect. The reviews When Josh first invited me over for stew,[…] Keep reading →

Wall of Fame Honors in Growth Bias Busted

on August 4, 2017 in Awareness, Nature

I can’t believe it’s not obvious to everyone that driving the problems of pollution, global warming, resource depletion, extinctions, conflict over resources, pestilence, and related issues is overpopulation. It’s not the only issue, but it’s one of the main drivers. Maybe the main one. People have a weird knee-jerk response to think the opposite of overpopulation is eugenics, Nazism, killing, giving up modernity, returning to living in caves, economic collapse[…] Keep reading →

Fame for my no-packaging no-fiber-removed food… and cold showers

on August 3, 2017 in Fitness, Nature, SIDCHAs

If you know me, you know I’ve taking cold showers for years. You may also know a big part of my inspiration was Joel Runyon, whose posts on cold shower therapy (search for my name at that link) motivated me to take cold showers every day for thirty days, which I now do every fourth day. I’ve sponsored his tremendous 777 challenge, to run 7 ultramarathons on 7 continents to[…] Keep reading →

“Awareness” of the environment? Oh please.

on August 2, 2017 in Awareness, Nature

People keep talking to me about “raising awareness” about the environment. Sometimes they talk about it as a first step, as if it’s progress. Many don’t realize it, but they actually see awareness as their final step. As in, they consider themselves aware of what’s happening, and then continue doing what they always did. A lot of people use awareness not as a stepping stone but as a source of[…] Keep reading →