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Don't even think about it : why our brains are wired to ignore climate change
Don't even think about it : why our brains are wired to ignore climate change
Marshall, George2014
What is this psychological mechanism that allows us to know something is true but act as if it is not? In this groundbreaking and engaging look at one of the most important issues facing us today, George Marshall, world renowned for his work on the psychology of climate change denial, shows that even when we accept that climate change is a dire problem, our human brains are wired to ignore it.and argues that we can overcome this. ..Using sidebars, cartoons, entertaining charts, engaging stories, and years of his own research, Marshall confirms that humans are wired to respond strongest to threats that are visible, immediate, have historical precedent, have direct personal impact, and are caused by an 'enemy.' Climate change is none of's invisible, unprecedented, drawn out, impacts us indirectly, and is caused by us. Taking the reader deep into our evolutionary origins, Marshall argues that once we understand what excites, threatens, and motivates us, we can rethink and reimagine climate change. In the end, his book is both about climate change and about the qualities that make us human: our limitations, our strengths, and how we can grow as we deal with the greatest challenge we have ever faced.
New York ; Sydney : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014.
260 pages ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-246) and index.
Machine generated contents note: Why Disaster Victims Do Not Want to Talk About Climate Change -- Why We Think That Extreme Weather Shows We Were Right All Along -- How the Tea Party Fails to Notice the Greatest Threat to Its Values -- How Science Becomes Infected with Social Meaning -- How We Follow the People Around Us -- How Bullies Hide in the Crowd -- The Strange Mirror World of Climate Deniers -- Why We Keep Searching for Enemies -- Why We Are So Poorly Evolved to Deal with Climate Change -- Why Climate Change Does Not Feel Dangerous -- How Our Cognitive Biases Line Up Against Climate Change -- How We Push Climate Change Far Away -- Why We Want to Gain the Whole World Yet Lose Our Lives -- How We Use Uncertainty as a Justification for Inaction -- How We Choose What to Ignore -- The Invisible Force Field of Climate Silence -- Why We Think That Climate Change Is Impossibly Difficult -- How Museums Struggle to Tell the Climate Story -- Why Lies Can Be So Appealing --Contents note continued: How the Words We Use Affect the Way We Feel -- Why the Messenger Is More Important than the Message -- Why Climate Science Does Not Move People -- How Climate Change Became Environmentalist -- Why Polar Bears Make It Harder to Accept Climate Change -- How Doomsday Becomes Dullsville -- The Dangers of Positive Dreams -- How a Scientific Discourse Turned into a Debating Slam -- How Live Earth Tried and Failed to Build a Movement -- How Climate Negotiations Keep Preparing for the Drama Yet to Come -- How Climate Policy Lost the Plot -- Why We Keep Fueling the Fire We Want to Put Out -- Why Oil Companies Await Our Permission to Go Out of Business -- How We Diffuse Responsibility for Climate Change -- Why We Don't Really Care What Our Children Think -- How Climate Change Became Your Fault -- How the Climate Experts Cope with What They Know -- Why the Future Goes Dark -- The Phony Division Between Science and Religion --Contents note continued: What the Green Team Can Learn from the God Squad -- Some Personal and Highly Biased Ideas for Digging Our Way Out of This Hole.
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