What’s for Dinner?

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?   Tom Easton   It’s not news that the size of the human population—7.5 billion and counting (https://www.census.gov/popclock/ )–poses problems. One of the major problems is that of how to feed everyone. Sure, the supermarkets are still full, at least in the developed world. But people are recognizing that raising the huge […]

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Limiting Factors

LIMITING FACTORS Tom Easton   In my last essay, I discussed the question of whether there are limits to growth. I noted that endless growth—in population, in fossil fuel use, and even in the global economy–is not possible and that those who insist that it is are guilty of crimes against humanity. Now I would […]

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Are There Limits?

ARE THERE LIMITS?  Tom Easton   In November 2018, the Trump Administration released Volume 2 of the National Climate Assessment.  CNN’s headline was “Climate Change Will Shrink US Economy and Kill Thousands, Government Report Warns” (https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/23/health/climate-change-report-bn/index.html). President Trump, however, continued to insist that climate change was just a hoax and to undo protections put in […]

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The Story behind the Cover

When we were reading submissions for Fantasy for the Throne, I (Tom) found the format catching. I therefore wrote the story below and sent it along to the publisher, who showed it to te artist, who then… You saw the result on the opening screen!   A Dragon in Waiting Dragons are hard to find. […]

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Who Needs Education?

  WHO NEEDS EDUCATION? Tom Easton Professor of Science (ret.)   When I went to college back in the sixties, the dominant paradigm was still liberal arts education. The idea was that the student should learn to learn, learn to think, and get a decent grounding across the breadth of human knowledge with courses in […]

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Maintaining a Consumer Economy

MAINTAINING A CONSUMER ECONOMY Tom Easton Professor of Science (ret.)   Any economy has a number of components. Consumers buy stuff—food, furniture, clothes, electronic devices, appliances, cars, houses—for their own use. Businesses buy stuff—raw materials, manufacturing equipment, buildings, advertising—that they need in order to provide products to other businesses, government, and of course consumers. Government […]

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WHO WILL WE BE? Tom Easton Professor of Science (ret.)   When you meet someone, it doesn’t take long for the conversation to turn to “What do you do?” In other words, who are you? And you say you are a lawyer, a student, a plumber, a Marine Lieutenant, an animal rights activist, or maybe […]