Monthly Archives: April 2014

GROWTHMANIA AND THE CULTURE GAP

Untitled1Paul R. Ehrlich

In my last post I discussed what has long been clear to all who wished to look, that the current growthmanic economic system cannot be sustained. The excuses for attempting perpetual growth in measures of well-being that are based on a combination of increased population size and per-capita consumption will not stand up to scrutiny.

One excuse is that there is no need to worry because the market will take care of problems by itself should biophysical limits be approached. This is perhaps the most interesting idiocy; it basically means “internalizing all the negative externalities” – finding ways to compensate for costs imposed on those not involved in commercial transactions. Read the rest of this entry

How should we look at the chances of climate catastrophe?

Paul R. Ehrlich

UntitledIs it ironic or predictable that Harvard’s President, Drew Faust, would enter into a Faustian bargain over climate change and the University’s investments in carbon-intensive companies?    Let’s suppose that, by pure chance, it turns out that there is a 90% probability that the climate denier campaign paid for or organized by those companies is correct – that human caused climate disruption is not occurring (or if it is it is inconsequential). Read the rest of this entry

Do they get it?

Paul R. Ehrlich

Untitled1One of the MAHB’s initial goals was to recruit more social scientists into the battle to avoid a collapse of civilization.[1]  It is unfortunate, as Harald Welzer of the Institute for the Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen notes about those scientists’ failure to deal with climate disruption:  “In the social and cultural sciences, it is exactly as if such things as social breakdown, resource conflict, mass migration, safety threats, widespread fears, radicalization and militarized or violence governed economies did not belong to their sphere of competence.”[2]

Welzer points out that there is probably no equivalent in the history of science when a documented existential threat “has been regarded with such equanimity by social or cultural theorists.”  Read the rest of this entry

Scientists: What are they?

gvbnvbnvnGraham H. Pyke

Science is defined simply as discovery, explanation and presentation (see my earlier post entitled Science explained), but what exactly are scientists? What’s their connection to Science? How important are they? Read the rest of this entry

UTS moving forward in sustainability

Click here for an article by Wendy Frew discussing UTS latest sustainability initiatives.

Scientists: Are we all the same?

SC Co-Founder Paul Ehrlich observing butterflies

SC Co-Founder Paul Ehrlich observing butterflies

Graham H. Pyke

Science is defined simply as discovery, explanation and presentation (see my earlier post entitled Science explained), but what exactly are scientists? What’s their connection to Science? How important are they? Read the rest of this entry

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