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Media Type: Article - Foundational
Date of Publication: May 24, 2018
Year of Publication: 2018
Publication City: Santa Rosa, CA
Publisher: Post Carbon Institute
Author(s): Richard Heinberg
Richard Heinberg discusses how systems thinking, critical thinking, and personal resilience are central to dealing with “knowing —knowing, that is, that we humans have severely overshot Earth’s long-term capacity making a collapse of both civilization and Earth’s ecological systems likely…”
In discussing climate change and all our other eco-social predicaments, how does one distinguish accurate information from statements intended to elicit either false hope or needless capitulation to immediate and utter doom? And, in cases where pessimistic outlooks do seem securely rooted in evidence, how does one psychologically come to terms with the information?
For Heinberg, systems thinking provides the most accurate picture, critical thinking helps us think more clearly and productively, and personal resilience aids us in maintaining and using knowledge of the world without becoming paralyzed or psychologically injured by it.
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