Category Archives: The Functional Future

The Functional Future

A Plan For Saving Our Planet (Video) By Kennie DeLoatch

Save the planet, easy as 1-2-3: Plant edibles – Preserve Harvests – Compost (Repeat)

A Psychopathic President, Staying Awake, and One Planet Thriving

A psychopath is going to the white house. Four lessons to learn and act on.

Stirling Engines – Donal’s Notes

Stirling engines quietly generate electricity and mechanical energy pollution-free by using oxygen and a temperature differential.

Why We Work

Barry Schwartz has written a book and given a TED talk on this subject of “Why we work?” He asserts that a small group of people work for meaning and purpose and, perhaps, because the work is important, but that most people work in jobs that give them none of these things. For those people, […]

(Dis)Honesty, the Documentary Movie – Donal’s Notes

Humans are liars. A great deal of scientific research demonstrates that most people lie, especially under the “right” circumstances. Do a search for Dan Ariely, a Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University, and you will find many mainstream press articles summarizing his work. This article is about the documentary, (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About […]

Real Communication: The Empathy Dialog

What is a real conversation? One in which both people can speak and hear each other. Unfortunately, much of what passes for conversation does not meet this standard. This becomes more true as unpleasant emotion increases until people are simply hearing what they expect to hear and acting from their own reactive scripts, some of […]

The Four Horsemen of a Relationship Apocalypse

John Gottman’s Four Horsemen of a Relationship Apocalypse are criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling. Replace these with healthy halos — complaints, self-compassion, realistic thinking, and negotiated breaks — for a better relationship.

Levels of Resilience: Eggs in one basket?

How resilient do you want to be? Spread you bets among 6 levels of resilience according to how probable a particular worldview is and how confident you are about that probability.