(1) Distress caused by exposure to circumstances offering low levels of stimulus, an unintended but life-threatening consequence of the banality, regulation and risk-aversion which corrodes our culture.

(2) Adaptation, or addiction, to a life with minimal stimulus, leading in due course to an inability to cope with an argument or an event that surprises.

(3) A moment of freedom from urgency, opening the way to the reflection that makes you a person.


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David Fleming
Dr David Fleming (2 January 1940 – 29 November 2010) was an economist, historian and writer, based in London. He was among the first to reveal the possibility of peak oil's approach and invented the influential TEQs scheme, designed to address this and climate change. He was also a significant figure in the development of the UK Green Party, the Transition Towns movement and the New Economics Foundation, as well as a Chairman of the Soil Association. His wide-ranging independent analysis culminated in two critically acclaimed books, Lean Logic and Surviving the Future. A film about his perspective and legacy - The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation? - was released in 2019, directed by BAFTA-winning director Peter Armstrong. For more information, including on Lean Logic, click the little globe below!

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