Scientists Discover Extinction Trait
Recently, I was privileged to join Radio Ecoshock host Alex Smith to discuss my reasons for wrapping the entangled plots of “The Sibyl Reborn,” my cli fi psychological thriller, around a single aspect of human psychology, which scientists at Emory University claim is “universal” regardless of I.Q., profession, or worldview beliefs. As a former surrogate stem cells spokesperson for the GW Bush White House, I watched in helpless frustration as others [including my former social allies] used this aspect of our psyches to confuse, divide, and control the public to entrench our medical status quo—possibly for decades. Today, it’s steering the courses of so called ‘debates’ concerning climate change and global warming. Through them, it may be dooming the futures of Man and Earth. This aspect of our nature concerns how our brains respond when confronted with realities that conflict with our egos, ambitions, convenience, or beliefs. Researchers at Emory describe this phenomena thus: (1)
“We did not see any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during [objective] reasoning,” said Drew Westen, director of clinical psychology. “What we saw instead was a network of emotion circuits lighting up, including circuits hypothesized to be involved in regulating emotion, and circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts.
“Essentially, it appears as if [test subjects] twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones.
“The result is that partisan beliefs are calcified,” said Westen, “and the person can learn very little from new data. Everyone from executives and judges to scientists and politicians may reason to emotionally biased judgments when they have a vested interest in how to interpret ‘the facts’.”
In “The Sibyl Reborn,” I call this phenomena “The Taint” and portray it as the cause of Man’s quarantine on Earth by its parent race. Think of it. In the depths of time on a far-off world…a humanoid species whose most powerful industries profit through plundering its finite natural resources or polluting its air, water, and soil…and this species had a “universal” tendency to believe what it wanted to believe—to ignore, deny, or distort its reality regardless of facts. Consider this scenario as affecting an alien culture long ago on a distant planet; their subsequent extinction seems understandable, inevitable, and possibly just. Apply it to here, now, and us?
Nah! That’s crazy! Couldn’t happen!
Twice a surrogate ‘stem cells’ spokesperson for the GW Bush White House, J. Perry Kelly ended his association with the political right over its distortion of global warming. Having witness the psychology of social control firsthand, he spent four years crafting “The Sibyl Reborn,” a cli-fi psychological thriller.