The Cruelty Aesthetic, Pride, and Solar in Danville

Moral mistakes can happen when we let an emotion slide from one object to another. How close is our enjoyment of cruelty in fiction to our acceptance of it in reality? Pride too can slip from a love of good things to a desire for superiority. Rick Steves hopes to make his high-impact travel business carbon-neutral. Danville is outshining other Virginia cities, realizing that “green” means a strong economy. Fern & Meredith compete in a storytelling contest. You choose the winner!

Life is Energy – and a good life runs on Good Energy

Boaty Mc-Stoic-Face

Boaty McBoatface – the unmanned submersible research vessel – makes his first big contribution to climate science, while the Stoics teach us about the emotions. Also, some info on wave energy and the vampire power wasted by your electronics. Our cardinal friends, Fern & Meredith, deal with a mystery and solve it badly.

Boaty Mc-Stoic-Face

Socrates: Reduce, Reuse, Reflect

Socrates once said he loved going to the market – to see all the stuff he did NOT need to buy. Reducing our consumption is one of the greenest things we can do. Of course, the main lesson he taught was that we go wrong and do harm when we presume to understand something we don’t. Also on the show: an “off-color joke” in the EIA’s new power generation tracking tool. Finally, trees and forests don’t get better with age, but some people do.

Nature supplies the energy – You give it the good

Prediction & Prophecy

People tend to be more moved by magic than by knowledge. Why does non-rational prophecy ever win out over rational prediction? One reason: knowledge is hard, and individuals have only bits and pieces of it. Another reason: success in our actions is not guaranteed by knowledge. Chance and randomness play a role in life. There’s logic, but there’s also luck. We discuss some of Project Drawdown’s highest-impact solutions (examples of rational predictions) and do some math on the fuel cost of gasoline vs. electric vehicles (spoiler alert: go electric if you can). Our word of the week is “reason”.

Nature supplies the energy – You give it the good