Global Warming: the stultifying influence of ego and bias

Greetings!

The following summarizes my environmental concerns and hopes:

1. Humans have a disastrous capacity for believing whatever we want regardless of facts—an ability scientists at Emory University exposed using functional MRIs to map the brain while intelligent subjects rationalized unwanted realities to fit existing beliefs (1,2).

2. This ability allows industries, social organizations, and politicians to promote platform agendas at the world’s expense by spinning controversial issues (such as global warming) to exploit our personal goals, convenience, and worldview perspectives (3,4).

3. Man’s perception of being apart from each other and Nature fosters the delusion we’re somehow exempt from cause and effect (5), which allows us to rationalize unwanted facts—like the climatic effects of carbon-based pollution—without respect for the consequence of our actions or denial (6).

4. Far more than the middle-aged or elderly, the young retain the ability to sense their connection with each other and Nature—a sense of unity that humans desperately need to escape a climatic doom that worsens with every hour we refuse to change.

5. Biased readers buy non-fiction to reinforce their bias. Whereas fiction and entertainment [film, cable, and TV] offer crucial potentials for raising eco-awareness (7) via content that employs plot, premise, or both to spotlight the dangers inherent in self-delusion and place this message in an eco-context [either overtly or through subtle implication].

6. The young have a greater potential for unbiased thinking than those wedded by habit or inclination to worldview platforms, personal ambitions, or industry goals. Therefore, if Man is to survive its delusions, we must warn our young of the stultifying psychological influence of comfort, ego and bias as we go through life (8,9) to preserve objectivity as a precious human resource.

  1. Westen D, Blagov PS, Harenski K, Kilts C, Hamann S., Neural bases of motivated reasoning Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 11/06;18(11):1947-58.
  2. Political bias affects brain activity MSNBC.com, Jan 24 2006
  3. Myth: Global warming will be catastrophic — Debunking the liberal myth that global warming will be catastrophic.
  4. by Lisa Hymas, Now all GOP candidates deny global warming. Grist 14 September 2010
  5. Albert Einstein: “A human being is part of a whole we call the universe—a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts, and our feelings as something separate from the rest…a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and our affection to those nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of Nature in its beauty.”
  6. Niall Firth, Human race ‘will be extinct within hundred years,’ claims leading scientist. Mail Online, 18 June 2010
  7. Norman Lear: Environmental Media Association http://bit.ly/cTMm7F
  8. Albert Einstein: “Problems cannot be solved with the same level of thinking that created them.”
  9. Albert Einstein: “We shall require a substantially new way of thinking if mankind is to survive.”

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~ by jperrykelly on September 13, 2010.

2 Responses to “Global Warming: the stultifying influence of ego and bias”

  1. Your article is so good to read. Amazing!!
    Many thanks for sharing, could I post it on my blog to share with my friends?

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