A Grim Thought Experiment

https://i1.wp.com/i.huffpost.com/gen/2706638/images/o-FIRING-SQUAD-EXECUTION-facebook.jpg

This one is more unpleasant than usual.

Wandering in the mountains I often have good ideas.  One such idea struck me upon a picturesque bend in the road, decorated with a giant, shady stand of bamboo and a gnarled, leafless, near-dead tree.  I thought, what if I was walking to my execution?  That next crossroads, twenty minutes away – that’s where my firing squat is waiting.  I am Read More

How The World Will Really End

Bárðarbunga_Volcano,_September_4_2014_-_15145875322.jpg

How are you enjoying the Holocene?  It’s the warm, interglacial period we’re currently experiencing.  It’s been going for about ten thousand years, or the totality of human civilization plus a bit.  I like it.  Crops are growing well, supporting huge cities.  An urban population leads to learning, professions and all the technology we have today.  Like scissors.

Don’t get too attached to all that, though.  Interglacial periods don’t always last very long. Read More