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Intentional Ignorance

November 6, 2012

I wrote this essay to offer some essential information about our world and the future of our species, adding my voice to the many cries of alarm over the environmental crisis (lately reaching criticality). [More…]

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World Scientists Statement Of Concern

The Millenium Alliance for Humanity & the Biosphere (MAHB) of Stanford University is a collaboration of natural scientists and social scientists working together to implement behavioral, institutional and cultural changes necessary for humans to “ensure a sustainable and equitable future for everyone.”

Earth on Edge Graphic by Cheng Li

The process is called foresight intelligence. It seems that this particular kind of intelligence is innate in humans but not well developed on a large scale. MAHB’s goal is to better tap into our foresight intelligence to reduce humanity’s ecological footprint and social inequities, moving toward true sustainability on a global scale, before it is too late.

The political class in much of the world has barely scratched the surface in pursuing this goal, leaving what MAHB calls the Civil Society to try and make a meaningful contribution.

According to MAHB: “The term ‘civil society’ includes scholars, non-governmental organizations, businesses, social activists, and individuals who share a vision for a sustainable world, respecting the rights and prosperity of all humanity. While the MAHB is pluralistic in its acceptance of differences and diversity a generally accepted core set of values has emerged globally and constitute the public good: that all humans should be able to live peacefully, securely and sustainably.”

MAHB has prepared a “Message to World Leaders,” signed by an impressively large group of individuals representing  a variety of disciplines on every continent. Continue reading

Intentional Ignorance

The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.” — Gregory Bateson, An Ecology of Mind

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Intentional Ignorance


I wrote this essay to offer some essential information about our world and the future of our species, adding my voice to the many cries of alarm over the environmental crisis (lately reaching criticality). My purpose is to present:

– a short history of our planet and the human place on it

– how recent trends toward nearly absolute market-based policy and extreme political polarization have made it all-but-impossible for the national government to effect useful, substantive change at the needed scale

– to offer some suggestions for further study and examination.

Recent political trends make it very difficult for governments to act. Worse still, they can keep knowledgeable, capable, and honest leaders from running for office in democratic governing systems around the world.

The recent national disaster across the northeastern tier of states was predicted last year, but the  report offering the prediction went essentially unheeded by the government structures set up to protect us. The threats of global warming, including this specific threat, did not come up in the recent presidential debates. It is as if Hurricane Sandy decided to force the national attention on global warming in a very dramatic way.

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