Bummer: We’re Wired Not To Believe In Hotcoldwetdry

I don’t know about you, but I need some solid proof to not only believe in something, but to take action. Hey, I believe we’re probably not alone in the universe, but, unlike “climate change”, I haven’t seen gobs and oodles of evidence against that Belief, unlike anthropogenic global warming

(UK Guardian) And that something else has a lot to do with the way we are wired as humans. We often prefer denial to confronting our problems, inescapable as they may be. We often shirk from responsibility for our share of the mess and hope that others will do the clean-up. We have an immoral tendency to weasel out when we feel that the bill will be footed by distant strangers or future generations. And we are loth to accept as true something that might jeopardise our cherished way of life. Therefore, some of us are more than willing to listen to charlatans telling us what we like to hear, for example that climate change is a hoax and that we should think positively and all will be well.

Were it not man-made, it would be tempting to say that climate change is a problem from hell. It has all the characteristics of a problem that cannot be solved and perhaps not even managed. But some people are simply not willing to give up the fight. The stakes are too high for that, and while the belief in the transformative power of knowledge may be heroic we don’t have anything better. The climate scientists at the IPCC cannot be praised enough for holding on against all odds.

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One Response to “Bummer: We’re Wired Not To Believe In Hotcoldwetdry”

  1. Trish Mac says:

    Well, maybe progressive lazy slobs shirk their responsibilities, and deny their problems, but I sure don’t and I sure as heck don’t appreciate him pawning off his poor behaviors, as my own!
    I believe that climate is a gift from God, not hell as he suggests, and that the earth is a massive planet that will always be in flux, and that we should keep our slices of the world as clean as we can, but not at the expense of living in the stone ages. Because I don’t think that we are the “cause” of any kind of warming. I believe there have been plenty of events (see Volcano) that have spewed damaging gases and were life threatening- and even life-ending many billions of years ago. That scale will never be reached by humankind.
    And when technology catches up with their cute little renewables, I am happy to give them a try. We looked into buying our own windmill back in the late 70’s and realized it was at the time costlier to build and maintain than electricity and our neighbors would not be pleased with a giant structure in our yard! Until the technology is made safe and sound, I’ll rely on coal and oil. Thanks you very much.

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