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06/2016 posts

A brief history of philosophy, part 7: the re-birth of philosophy

Dave Darby of | 29-Jun-2016 | 2

Philosophy is for doing, not for studying – I know, sorry. But the way that we think nowadays didn’t just fall from the sky – it’s not ‘common sense’ and it hasn’t always been the same. We’re not born with a worldview – it’s something that we develop from what’s gone before. Read more

New publication: how to use gasification technology on a small-scale

Dave Darby of | 27-Jun-2016 | 0 has a new publication, and as far as we know, it’s a first – a book about using gasification technology on a small-scale. If you have access to woody biomass waste, this technology could be for you. It’s full-colour, 170 pages, and it’s available here. Read more

A brief history of philosophy, part 6: Reformation and Scientific Revolution

Dave Darby of | 24-Jun-2016 | 0

What happened next was a revolution that rocked the Church and turned our view of the universe on its head – a scientific revolution that hinged on the work of Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543). Read more

Why global capital fears Brexit

Despite its admirable qualities, the authors urge people not to lose sight of the fact that the “the main impetus behind the European Economic Union was the desire of big business to compete with the US” in economic terms. Read more

The EU referendum from an environmental perspective: are you willing to be challenged?

Dave Darby of | 20-Jun-2016 | 5

Almost all of my friends, and people whose opinions I respect, are intending to vote ‘Remain’ on Thursday. Here are the four main reasons I hear: Read more

The Ecological Land Co-op has purchased more land to create ecological smallholdings

Here’s a quick overview of what the Ecological Land Co-op does, before going on to their latest news. The problem that they were formed to solve is that many people who would like to build a home made from local, sustainable materials, Read more

Why self-reliance means being able to fix bits of old kit – like this circular saw

Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge | 16-Jun-2016 | 0

Working outside and sometimes in remote situations requires a certain mindset to not only enjoy the experience, but also have an overall philosophy of self-reliance. Read more

A brief history of philosophy, part 5: roots of Renaissance

Dave Darby of | 14-Jun-2016 | 2

By reconciling the two giants of ancient philosophy with Christianity, Augustine and Aquinas, although culpable in the torture and murder of many thousands of innocent people, were world-changers who allowed us to eventually start to break away from myth again Read more

Building a geodesic dome greenhouse

I watched the weather on the met office website avidly from midweek hoping that Sunday would be fine with light winds. First the weather looked OK then the next day Malcolm called to ask if I really wanted to go ahead Read more

Why Alicia Keys giving up makeup is important

Dave Darby of | 10-Jun-2016 | 18

Readers of the Lowimpact blog won’t necessarily know who Alicia Keys is. She’s an American singer / songwriter who has sold over 35 million albums. So very famous, very successful, and right at the heart of the entertainment industry. Read more

A brief history of philosophy, part 4: Aquinas reconciles Christianity with Aristotle

Dave Darby of | 08-Jun-2016 | 0

Last week we saw how Augustine reconciled Plato with Christianity; but Aristotle, with his logic and his empiricism, was difficult to reconcile with a book that already claimed to have all the answers, and so that didn’t happen until 900 years later. Read more

How to leave the city and regain a connection with the land

Many city people yearn to be involved with the land hands-on—and to do so on a long-term basis. But leaving the city for good is too big a step for most people; they need to keep a stake in the city for work or social reasons. Read more

Want to be part of a pioneering eco-village project in Northern Ireland?

The Cauldron Community Educational Eco Village project is working to set up the first Eco Village in Northern Ireland and is currently open for Aspiring Residents and Investors. We are registered and constituted as a not-for-profit ‘Community Interest Company.’ Read more

Why we decided our greenhouse would be a geodesic dome

We are in the process of building a Geodesic Dome Greenhouse like the one above. There will be another blog article soon about exactly how we built it.  Read more

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