Beta Culture: ‘Yeah, We’re Fucked.’ Now What?

Big Boy

I'll tell you about one of my sort-of-hidden motivations behind my thoughts about the necessity of Beta Culture.I've told this anecdote at least once here, but I'll repeat it: I was in New York City a few years back, specifically to meet PZ Myers at a Seed Magazine event, and I got to meet a climatologist at the same time. Drink in hand, and jokingly, one of the first things I said was "Tell me the truth. Are we fucked?" Dead seriously, he replied "Yeah. We're fucked."Some years before … [Read more...]

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

GrizGamble

Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight This is the Truth:In my hunting days, I was headwaiter at a seafood restaurant in a little resort town in the California’s Eastern Sierra mountains. Hunting season had opened several days before, but I’d had to work every day. This was my last evening shift before I had a couple of days off, and I was ready to go.I had my new Ruger .30-06 rifle with a 7-power scope. I had my pack and my sleeping bag and two days wo … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 7 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight Stomping KittensIn America there is a safety-conscious social force backed up by the power of law – and constantly reinforced by frequent and large lawsuits – that decrees that every tiniest hint of danger must be stamped out of every activity. People must be taken care of.Even in the midst of our riskiest pastimes, we do everything possible – which is always considerable – to eliminate the risk. The requirement fo … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 6 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight Technological ManGuns. Fire. Helicopters. Radios. Infrared sights. Light-amplifying night scopes. Binoculars. Poisons. Traps. Electrified fences. Bulldozers. Chainsaws. Fishing nets. Maps.We humans live in a society where we can draw on the accomplishments and assets not only of our own families, not only of our own acquaintances, but the intellectual fruits of literal geniuses for the last ten thousand years.C … [Read more...]

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

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight Man PlusHow 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 doesn’t last more tha … [Read more...]

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

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight DietAh, 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 and grind, and an e … [Read more...]


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