Craig Patterson

Activist and grandfather, Human Being
Blue River, OR, United States

About Craig

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Sustainable Forestry - selective harvesting, local processing th, Renewable energy and energy conservation, Holistic analysis - without unintended consequences, River guide - California and Oregon

I'm passionate about

Sustainable Forestry
Renewable energy
Affordable housing
Leaving future generations a future worth having

Talk to me about

Sustainable Forestry - from the ground up
Renewable energy that isn't green-washing.
Energy conservation and building design
Holistic and inclusive analysis

People don't know I'm good at

River guiding and
Furniture and house design.

Comments & conversations

132019
Craig Patterson
Posted over 1 year ago
What have you researched?
Slowly and carefully... and reading and studying a great deal. The precautionary principal says that we don't unleash or experiment with dangerous chemicals or technologies until we know the potential negative consequences....completely. Obviously we're not that smart....unfortunately..
132019
Craig Patterson
Posted over 1 year ago
What have you researched?
Thanks Greg for the question: I'm interested in how humans can be so smart with science and technology yet be so dumb not seeing where it is leading us? How can we discover/invent all these poison chemicals, industrial processes and ways of killing one another without seeing the seeds of our own destruction inherently within them? How can we not adopt the 'precautionary principal' or understand how technology and automation have created structural unemployment? How do we remain in perpetual denial about the implications for today and future generations particularly in the face of climate change? How have we created an economic system that gives us the illusion of being insulated from the consequences of our collective actions? Is human extinction a forgone conclusion or can we evolve, adapt and modify our behavior in time? It would be funny if not so serious....
132019
Craig Patterson
Posted over 1 year ago
What is the best way a student can make his/her education less stressful?
Until education addresses the vastly different realities present and future students will face in their lifetimes, education today will be largely ill relevant. As the future will be vastly different than the past and education largely focuses on the past. Ken Robinson, Charles Siberman and David Orr have all addressed this conundrum most effectively. Where is the insight regarding our vastly changing realities reflected in most institutions of 'higher' learning. In my experience it's pretty none existent but rather they continue to teach to the past. A Faustian dilemma if there ever was one...
132019
Craig Patterson
Posted over 1 year ago
38 cities in the USA have filed for bankruptcy ... why
Mr X Unchecked growth is called cancer in the medical and social models... Perhaps one day you will understand that. Think holistically and connect environmental, economic and social costs (liabilities or externalizations) and causes with subsequent effects and see if your world view doesn't get bigger.
132019
Craig Patterson
Posted over 1 year ago
Is a classical education, a prerequisite for innovation?
Thanks Greg for this great question... Jim Guild, While I agree with your initial statements regarding innovation and inspiration building through synthesis, I would challenge your your last statement regarding Universities keeping and passing on knowledge.which implies wisdom too. On balance, what universities spread is embodied in the state of our economies, society and environment. Take inventory and tell me we are leaving a world as robust or healthy as we received it? I'm 64, a grandfather and long time environmentalist (almost 4 decades) and I can say unequivocally that we have collectively undermined future generations in every endeavor that has largely grown out of 'higher education'. David Orr points this out exceedingly well in his book, Earth in Mind and a recent talk he gave at the Schumacher college in England. http://www.postcarbon.org/person/36209-david-orr# I highly recommend it.
132019
Craig Patterson
Posted over 1 year ago
38 cities in the USA have filed for bankruptcy ... why
Jason.... Like Kenneth said, you must be either a mad man or an economist. Which one is it.... Seems your living in a bubble... break out and smell the pollution...And state which part of finite planet do you not understand? Meanwhile we add a billion mouths every 15 years or so.... It took until the early 1800's to reach the first Billion. In 1950 there was 3 Billion and now over 7 Billion. If that ain't a bubble dude, I'm not sure what it.....
132019
Craig Patterson
Posted over 1 year ago
38 cities in the USA have filed for bankruptcy ... why
The problem is that 'economists' use the wrong analysis and equations. As Kenneth Boulding said, " Anyone who thinks exponential growth can go on forever is either a mad man or an economist". We have both at the helm and their failures will affect us all. The one silver lining, 'the closer one lives to the ground, the less one will fall'. It's going to get very rocky quickly now.... pay attention.