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avarice…

By |2018-10-23T17:17:11+00:00October 16th, 2018|Book Excerpt, Climate Change|

Avarice […] In the United States the CEOs of corporations that do harmful things such as making soft drinks and promoting them in schools are paid multiples of what teachers, scientists, and even Nobel Laureates get. Why are they not seen for what they are, individuals who harm others to make money? To me this [...]

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competitiveness…

By |2018-10-23T17:17:11+00:00October 13th, 2018|Book Excerpt, Climate Change|

Competitiveness      Evolution favors winners. During our evolution people who successfully contended for food, shelter, mates, and other advantages produced more descendants than others. Competitiveness was thus strengthened and became an intrinsic trait of our species. We reinforce this quality today by further rewarding those who successfully compete with money, respect, and fame. Highly [...]

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our world will be very different than it is today…

By |2018-10-23T17:17:12+00:00October 11th, 2018|Climate Change|

Imagination      There are two ways we learn about the world beyond ourselves. Sensation, which tells us what is happening to or right around ourselves, is far stronger than intellectual perception, which tells us what is happening beyond ourselves. What we see and feel is stronger than what we learn secondhand from outside sources. [...]

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how do we think…

By |2018-10-23T17:17:12+00:00July 8th, 2018|Climate Change, Reality, Realization|

How do we think Evolution found a system of thinking for us that largely circumvents the need for logic. Our everyday thinking most often bypasses logic and depends to a large extent on referring back to what we know, on the way our knowledge is organized in memory, and how such knowledge is evoked. I [...]

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cursory interest in the whole…

By |2018-10-23T17:17:42+00:00July 5th, 2018|Climate Change, Society|

...We are now living in an environment that is ever more rapidly going out of balance, but we have no natural mechanism that adequately alarms us to this and the dangers it entails. Individuals pursuing short-term goals, often involving money or power, have an easier time achieving them that people with long-term goals. This puts [...]

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visual sense of perspective…

By |2018-10-23T17:17:43+00:00June 5th, 2018|Book Excerpt, Climate Change|

     Our visual sense of perspective makes an object that is far from us appear smaller than it would appear if it were close. An automobile bearing down on me is very real and needs my attention, where as one that is two miles away does not. Nevertheless, the intensity of our perception of [...]

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we do not yet feel the consequences…

By |2018-10-23T17:17:43+00:00June 3rd, 2018|Book Excerpt, Climate Change|

In the past we did not need to be aware of processes such as the carbon cycle, which is essential for all life on the planet. It was self-regulating and affected little by human activity. But today, we are changing its workings in dangerous ways by burning fossil fuels and reducing the earth’s vegetation. It [...]

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we are faced with two sets of problems…

By |2018-10-23T17:18:33+00:00April 8th, 2018|Climate Change|

Our economic predicament      We have an economic system that just to stay where it is depends on perpetual growth in a finite space. In the early 1970s our planet passed beyond the point of environmental sustainability (see Ecological Footprint in Part Two). Still business, government, and almost all the rest of us call [...]

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destroying our own future…

By |2018-10-23T17:18:33+00:00March 26th, 2018|Climate Change, Future|

We have not only squandered irreplaceable natural resources, and polluted the land, the water, and the atmosphere, but poor farming practices have stripped land of its productive topsoil and seriously damaged food production. This happened earlier in such places as ancient Greece, North Africa, China, and pre-Columbian Central America, and over-salinization ruined irrigation systems in [...]

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