The State of Humanity – some numbers

Posted in Worldview on June 21st, 2012 by Peter Baker



The often-accepted narrative of a world in decline is inconsistent with the facts. Judging the state of humanity from first principles – that of a species of evolved, fallible apes on a rock with no rule book, making it up on the fly – is not only the most realistic way to think about human civilisation, but lends itself to a profoundly optimistic, big-picture reinterpretation of today’s social, economic and geopolitical realities. Read more »

45: Common Era or The Year of Our Lord?

Posted in Diary posts, Worldview on March 26th, 2012 by Peter Baker

26 March 2012

I’ve been asked to explain (and justify) why I use (and favour) the CE (Common Era) and BCE (Before Common Era) dating system, rather than the more traditional AD (Anno Domini, or ‘In the Year of Our Lord’) and BC (‘Before Christ’) system. Read more »

44: Apotheosis Revisited

Posted in Diary posts, Worldview on February 19th, 2012 by Peter Baker

19 February 2012

A tricky decision while compiling The Jolly Pilgrim was how hard to go with the final global musings. In particular, the thirteenth: Apotheosis.

In the end, we chose to tone down the original draft (for the book), and post the ‘uncut’ version online at a later date. You can now find it here: Link to original version of GM13: Apotheosis Read more »

43: Counterarguments

Posted in Diary posts, Worldview on February 12th, 2012 by Peter Baker

12 February 2012

It’s very useful when people attack the basic positions set out in The Jolly Pilgrim.

Those are: Read more »