Author Archives: The Cheery Pessimist

About The Cheery Pessimist

Waiting for some sign that we will change our ways before it all comes tumbling down...still, you've got to laugh

The values of the teacher

In the last post, I reported on a three-day symposium where US state and federal judges were taught about science and scientific scepticism by a man with rather questionable values. The teaching is an excellent idea as even with a … Continue reading

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So, what is true?

I thought I’d have a break from considering how Homo sapiens came to dominate nature, partly because I know I’m going to enter territory which will upset some religious people and that’s not very Christmassy. Following on from the last … Continue reading

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God spaketh, but why? Part 6: Language

This series attempts to gather thoughts around the change in human behaviour which led us to dominate nature rather than live in balance with it. I have referred to Sapiens: a brief history of humankind written by Israeli historian, Yuval … Continue reading

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God spaketh, but why? Part 5: Fire

We started this series by looking at differing human values and asked why our relatively recent, and overwhelmingly dominant, cultural narrative no longer pays heed to the fact that the environment sustains each and every one of us: all species, … Continue reading

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God spaketh, but why? Part 4: All humans

I have set myself a challenge to post once a week for 5 months on where it all went wrong, on why humanity is decimating the environment and not even bothering to share the loot fairly. We all live by … Continue reading

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God spaketh, but why? Part 3: Tough times

“I encourage all of us, whatever our beliefs, to question the basic narratives of our world, to connect past developments with present concerns, and not to be afraid of controversial issues”. So begins Sapiens: a brief history of humankind by … Continue reading

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God spaketh, but why? Part 2: Days of ice

This blog is somewhere more reliable than my memory for me to collect my thoughts on why we live as we do today – in a world of gross inequality and obscene overconsumption. In Part 1 of this new series, … Continue reading

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