Author Archives: Mark

Covid-19 Vaccines: A One-Year Assessment

A year ago, when the first three Covid-19 vaccines received emergency approval to much collective hope and fanfare, I made a promise to myself that I would wait one year to decide whether to be vaccinated myself, based on the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 24 Comments

Fear is Tearing Us Apart

Vaccine Mandates are a Terrible Idea I wrote early on in the pandemic that if our control efforts didn’t work, or if their consequences proved too great to bear, we were going to need to consider the possibility of surrender, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 11 Comments

A Sacrament of Progress

If you are a human alive in the world today, you have probably had occasion to think about the Covid-19 vaccines. Perhaps you were first in line to get your shots. Perhaps you are waiting for them to reach your … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 17 Comments

A Strong Case for Covid Vaccine Hesitancy

Why clinical trials cannot be safely shortened The human immune system operates over long time scales. This is essential so that it can remember pathogens encountered during childhood for a lifetime, while also continually adapting to new microbes – both … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Current thoughts on the Covid vaccines

I can’t claim to know 100% where the truth lies, but I want to share my current thought process.  Given that my perspective is in conflict with most media, government, and people that I know, this is something that I … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Grieving the End of Progress

A Social Theory for Strange Times This is a synthesis of sorts. It may represent a profound insight about the nature of reality, or it may just represent the way my mind constructs a framework to understand the world. But … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 15 Comments

The Shape of Our Future

Within the religion of Progress, infinite growth is assumed by default. The world has been growing and improving since at least the Middle Ages – which by Progress reckoning is far enough into the evil past that it’s not worth … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Sustainable Growth is Impossible

What Does the Religion of Progress Really Believe? “Sustainable growth” was all the rage a few years ago. I don’t hear the phrase so much anymore, which can only be a good thing. It should be patently obvious that growth … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sustainable Growth is Impossible

An Apostate from the Religion of Progress

I am an apostate from the religion of Progress. I left it behind seven years ago, though in reality it is more like ten. There was a period of time when I went through the motions but no longer believed. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

A Crisis of Faith

For most of the past year my writings have focused on escaping from the dominant narrative, which is largely shaped by those who have wealth and power and is designed to distract and prevent the rest of us from staging … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments