Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 5 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight   Man Plus How often do human beings come in quantities of one? Certainly a lot of us can feel lonely at times, but we do that even when surrounded by scores of our fellows. Actually being completely alone in today’s world is really not that easy to accomplish. It is almost always the result of conscious choice – and great effort and expense – on the part of the camper, hiker, or cyclist, and usually … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 4 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight   Diet Ah, now wimpy little Man begins to really come into his own. Wouldn’t you just know that our ancestors, who didn’t seem to be good at much else compared to the other big beasties, would at least be good at eating? In fact, they were, and we are. We humans can eat everything from raw plants to long-rotten meat, and just about anything in between. We have versatile dentition that can cut, crush … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 3 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight   Smell, Hearing and Taste We won’t find any advantages here. Pity poor Man, all domesticated and dumbed down so that his wild senses, if ever he had any good ones, are now blunted and tamed. All the other animals, with their razor-sharp sensory gifts beat us all to hell in this area. Even without the ever-present threat of slinking, silent predators, we seem barely well enough equipped to keep from … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 2 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight   … Okay, it never happened. I did stand under the streetlight on that lonely highway, right enough. After hours of waiting, I began to study the darkness around me, projecting my fears into it, and as I began to think more and more of things that might lurk out there, I gradually froze into spooked immobility. Though I never saw or heard the merest evidence that anything was out there, I stood locked in … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 1 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight   This is The Lie: Back in my hitchhiking adventure days, I stood one night under a streetlight on a deserted highway outside a city in West Texas, waiting for a car to stop and give me a ride. Waiting, actually, even for a car to come along. Eventually there in the dark, I hadn’t seen one for more than an hour. An overcast sky and the dirty air of civilization killed even the stars overhead. … [Read more...]

Earth Day 2014: Thoughts Like Falling Leaves

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[This is a repost of a piece I did several years ago, slightly edited for 2014. This essay is also part of the conceptual force driving my thoughts on the need for Beta Culture.] Leaf One Con games and sleight-of-hand magic work because, one, we humans only have so much attention to spare at any one moment, and two, they direct that attention deliberately in one direction. If you look at where the finger points, you miss … well, everything else. Like the movie teen backing through a … [Read more...]


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