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Interesting view of a difficult subject,
This review is from: Requiem for a Species (Hardcover)
We still don't really know much about why people react the way they do compared with, say, the science behind the construction of bridges so I was very interested to see how the author would cope with the failure of mankind as a whole to recognise the threats coming down the line from some years in the future while an individual can recognise immediate threats such as a car approaching without difficulty and move out of it's way. I wasn't disappointed.
The book is a thorough (as far as I can tell as a non expert in human behaviour) and thoughtful analysis of the mechanisms that cause some of us to reject actually carrying out the necessary actions while at the same time agreeing that we ought to be doing them. He also tackles the question as to why many people reject the actual evidence. The author doesn't really have a practical solution to the problem but perhaps that's because there isn't one. But if that's the case he's very pessimistic about the future of the human race which I guess is why he's given it the title he has.
The only criticism I have is that he does not seem to place enough emphasis on the problems that are caused by the lack of trust of many ordinary people in authority of one sort or another that has lied to them so often in the past.
A definite read for anyone concerned about our future. If enough people can see the difficulties we face it might help to tip the balance to doing whatever is necessary.
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Initial post: 31 Mar 2011 19:59:47 BDT
Martin Lack says:
Admittedly, I haven't read Clive Hamilton's book yet, but I fully intend to. However, for now, I just wanted to point out that William Ophuls very clearly explains why we don't make the right choices in Chapter 4 of his "Ecology and the Politics of Scarcity Revisited: The Unravelling of the American Dream" (1992). Chapter 8 of which also suggests some solutions... As for that explanation in Chapter 4 well, it has much to do with Hobbes' Leviathan and Hardin's Tragedy of the Commons...
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