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Ancient gadgets and the myth of ever-increasing progress

New archeological findings of ancient axes in Africa provide a lesson in how we think about progress and cultural evolution

Beyond the Beyond

Bruce Sterling’s blog for Wired

P2P Foundation

A meeting place for people who think that “technology reflects a change of consciousness towards participation”

“Our ignorance is not so vast as our failure to use what we know.”

—M. King Hubbert, peak oil prophet

In striving for the simple life, how far should we go?

Life among the Amish or the “Minimites” can help us all figure out when technology has gone too far

Read: “Rethinking Clean Energy Innovation”

New York Times’ blog post on open innovation for solving big problems

Read: “Far North”

an “eco-fi” novel by Marcel Theroux

What made the market crash? Or a psycho murder?

We shouldn’t jump to find an immediate cause for the ups and downs and calamities that befall us, argues one trader

“Relative to the risks of coal mining and oil exploration, the downsides of offshore wind turbines seem minor.”

—USA Today editorial on approval of the Cape Wind offshore wind farm

Working with water

Nations threatened by sea level rise are starting to look at how they can work with nature to defend their coastlines.


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

Mason's favorite books »