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Columbus, Genocide & Climate Change

European settlers killed 56 million indigenous people over about 100 years in South, Central and North America, causing large swaths of farmland to be abandoned and reforested. The increase in trees and vegetation across an area the size of France resulted in a massive decrease in carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. Before this study, some scientists had argued the temperature change in the 1600s, called the Little Ice Age, was caused only by natural forces. But by combining archaeological evidence, historical data and analysis of carbon found in Antarctic ice, the UCL researchers showed how the reforestation — directly caused by the Europeans’ arrival — was a key component of the global chill. The depopulation of the Americas may have inadvertently allowed the Europeans to dominate the world. It also allowed for the Industrial Revolution and for Europeans to continue that domination…

Jordan Peterson

Peterson’s primary goal was to examine why individuals, not simply groups, engage in social conflict, and to model the path individuals take that results in atrocities like the Gulag, the Auschwitz concentration camp and the Rwandan genocide. Peterson considers himself a pragmatist, and uses science and neuropsychology to examine and learn from the belief systems of the past and vice versa, but his theory is primarily phenomenological. In the book, he explores the origins of evil, and also posits that an analysis of the world’s religious ideas might allow us to describe our essential morality and eventually develop a universal system of morality…

Tiny House Movement

“The tiny house movement (also known as the ‘small house movement’) is an architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. There is currently no set definition as to what constitutes as a tiny house. However, a residential structure under 500 square feet is generally considered a tiny home. The tiny house movement promotes financial prudence, economically safe, shared community experiences, and a shift in consumerism-driven mindsets.”

— Wikipedia

Cherished Children’s Book: Flying Boy

“Flying Boy” is an outstanding children’s book that was written by Brian McConnachie and illustrated by Jack Ziegler. No longer available in print or digital form, it is reproduced here so future generations of children and parents can enjoy its beautiful message…