November 15, 2019

This is an update of an essay that I first wrote it in 2010.   Much has happened since that time that deserves to be included because -- unfortunately -- it strengthens the thesis represented by the title.

I've decided to focus for now on the more positive, lighter, mo...

March 7, 2018

Here is a brief summary of some of the key principles of the complexity sciences, aka system sciences or network sciences.

Once one understands these principles using examples from any discipline - physics, chemistry, biology, physiology, ecology, economics, sociology,...

March 6, 2018

“What is life? is surely one of the oldest questions.  We live.  We – people, birds, flowering plants, even algae glowing in the oceans at night – differ from steel, rock, inanimate matter.  We are alive.  But what does it mean to live, to be alive, to be a discrete be...

March 5, 2018

Preface: This essay has just been moved from my former website.  It's missing images [captions] which will be added as I have time.  But the essay stands on its own for now as the roast; the illustrations will be the gravy.


“The great virtue...

March 3, 2018

Like going back to college in the best sense of the phrase.
This is some of the most important information you’ve never heard.

Jim Murphy (deceased), Chair, Starks Agricultural Commission, Starks, ME


Climate 101 will take you places that you did not go in your...

February 6, 2017

I’ve long said that if I don’t tell my own story, someone else will, and it won’t be the one I’d tell.  Therefore, this post offers an explanation of why after 16 years work,  I continue to struggle to accomplish my main goal in life: to teach the principles of complex...

November 7, 2016


Many times during the last five years, after my lectures about unstoppable, large-scale, type II climate change – as described in my recently updated and expanded essay about that topic - and in my classes and seminars, in personal conversations with peopl...

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