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What about Newtown? What about America?

It is horrendous. We so easily identify with the children – and teachers – and mother – killed in the Newtown massacre – and with those who knew and loved them, who no longer have these loved ones in their lives. We find ourselves deeply moved by …

Another remarkable evolutionary voice

As many of you know, I find the evolutionary perspective to be one of the most meaningful, powerful, and instructive worldviews I’ve ever encountered. I find fascinating efforts to bring science, spirit, and everyday life together into a coherent …

The role of Honor and Heroism in nuclear catastrophes

This morning my brother, Dick Atlee, wrote the following: I was going through the UCS’s [Union of Concerned Scientists] latest update, from yesterday, and encountered the following, which crystallized a thought that has been nagging at me for days…

The Conversational Commons

The phrase “the commons” refers to domains and resources that belong to or affect the whole of a community. The “conversational commons” then embraces everything that supports or makes possible the enjoyable and productive conversations of a commu…

Social Systems and Transformational Change

Transformational change depends primarily on changing social systems. A social system — an economic or political system, for example — is how a society is organized. It is a pervasive and powerful pattern of social arrangements that shapes peopl…

Avatar Transforming – Its Power, Its Message, Its Possibilities

“Embrace the movie — surely the most vivid and convincing creation of a fantasy world ever seen in the history of moving pictures.” — Richard Corliss, Time Magazine “Avatar asks us to see that everything is connected, all human beings to each oth…