Tom Murphy’s back, yay!

Physicist Tom Murphy is one of the brightest and most articulate people in the overshoot awareness space. A decade ago Murphy wrote frequently for a few years on his blog “Do the Math” where he explored the energy opportunities and constraints for powering our civilization. Then, having said what he wanted to say, he went … Continue reading “Tom Murphy’s back, yay!”

By Tom Murphy: The Energy Trap (we all scream for ice cream)

A friend reminded me of this 2011 essay written by the brilliant physicist Tom Murphy. I read it when Murphy first published it but I had forgotten how good it was so I’ve dusted it off in the hope that it sees more daylight. https://dothemath.ucsd.edu/2011/10/the-energy-trap/ Many Do the Math posts have touched on the inevitable … Continue reading “By Tom Murphy: The Energy Trap (we all scream for ice cream)”

By Tom Murphy: The Future Needs an Attitude Adjustment

I’m resurrecting a 2011 essay by one of my favorite minds on the planet. Tom Murphy is a brilliant physicist with an impressive catalog of essays on energy related issues. If you prefer to watch rather than read, then this video is a favorite of mine. After searching for a solution to our energy predicament … Continue reading “By Tom Murphy: The Future Needs an Attitude Adjustment”

By Tom Murphy: Growth has an Expiration Date

Here is a classic by physicist Tom Murphy. This is my favorite talk on limits to growth, the most important topic almost no one discusses, including people who should know better, like the Green Party. Note that Murphy does not mention the explosive worldwide growth in debt, which is the only reason the game has … Continue reading “By Tom Murphy: Growth has an Expiration Date”

On Famous Polymaths

There are two and only two topics required to understand the basis of every success and problem in our civilization: thermodynamics and genetic behavior. By thermodynamics I mean: the laws of thermodynamics that govern our universe the relationships between energy, economy, wealth, population, and pollution the relationship between debt and surplus energy the maximum power … Continue reading “On Famous Polymaths”

By Jean-Marc Jancovici: Can we save energy, jobs and growth at the same time?

Thanks to Mike Stasse for finding this excellent presentation by Jean-Marc Jancovici on the relationship between energy, employment, and income. I am not yet familiar with other work by Jancovici, but he seems to be a French version of Tom Murphy and Tim Garrett, which is a very good thing, because their quality of intellect, … Continue reading “By Jean-Marc Jancovici: Can we save energy, jobs and growth at the same time?”

By Erik Lindberg: Six Myths About Climate Change that Liberals Rarely Question

I stumbled on this superb essay by Erik Lindberg. Initially I intended to highlight a few of Erik’s most insightful comments but quickly realized the whole thing is insightful so here it is in whole. If you don’t have time to read the whole thing then I suggest you skip ahead to the last section: … Continue reading “By Erik Lindberg: Six Myths About Climate Change that Liberals Rarely Question”

Favorites

Start Here Welcome un-Denial Manifesto: Energy and Denial Why my interest in denial? Denial Theory (video version) Denial Theory (short version) By Alex Smith: Radio Ecoshock interview with Ajit Varki Darwin & Varki On Burning Carbon: The Case for Renaming GDP to GDB You know you are in trouble when… What would a wise society … Continue reading “Favorites”

Acknowledgments

Ajit Varki and Danny Brower What fascinates me most about our predicament is that we do not acknowledge or discuss it, let alone plan or act appropriately. Ajit Varki and Danny Brower have proposed a theory that explains the existence and uniqueness of humans, and their denial of reality. I’m a huge fan and frequently … Continue reading “Acknowledgments”

You know you are in trouble when…

  Examples of denial are both profound and unacknowledged. The short-term solution to our problems is the long-term cause of our problems: economic growth The long-term solution to our problems is the short-term cause of our problems: reduced consumption Reduced CO2 emissions from an economic collapse caused by low-cost oil depletion is not sufficient to prevent … Continue reading “You know you are in trouble when…”