The fear mongers of climate change

James Lovelock made his mark in developing the Gaia theory that the earth is a single organism. I never found that theory satisfactory. The earth, he thought, was a giant self-regulating whole, which adapts and responds to changes with all the forms of life that inhabit it. Perhaps I have over simplified Gaia theory, but to me if the theory is true then we need not worry about climate change. Continue reading


By Tony Dickson  

“If the earth must lose that great portion of its pleasantness which it owes to things that the unlimited increase of wealth and population would extirpate from it, for the mere purpose of enabling it to support a larger, but not a better or a happier population, I sincerely hope, for the sake of posterity, that they will be content to be stationary, long before necessity compel them to it”   John Stuart Mill “Principles of Political Economy” – Book IV, Chapter VI (1848)

Our society is much given to regarding our technological and economic prowess with great complacency.  We now live, so we are told, in a post-industrial age: an age where the primal concerns that engaged the attention of humanity throughout the millennia have been left far behind. We are no longer hunters and gatherers, but economic sophisticates with mobile phones and central locking, who regard the few remaining primitives with implacable condescension. This perception is of course, both a monumental conceit and a profound delusion, because those primitive economies achieved something that quite eludes us: stasis and thereby, sustainability.  Economists tell us that if our economy does not grow it will…it will…well, they’re not sure…. perhaps hold its breath until it turns blue. There is simply no long-term model for a static industrial economy; although we may do well to consider the Japanese as potential canaries. Continue reading

The Inheritance

It is a good day to think about what our fathers did for us and to wonder whether we shall do as well for our children. We mould the times as our fathers moulded their times but the deoxyribonucleic acid that winds around itself in our cells but one of the gifts that we inherited. The DNA provides basic instructions for life, and what we need to do to maintain life but the fundamentals of right and wrong, of good and evil and of liberty and slavery which we need once our bodies have the been established comes from the habits and lessons of our parents, who breathed life into us with an act of selfishness and selflessness.

Yes, it is a very good day to think about our fathers and their gifts to us and wonder whether our gifts to those that follow us will be as valuable as the inheritance we ourselves received.