Nate Hagens - oil end
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Introduction The current period can be undoubtedly characterized as an economical, ecological, cultural, political, but also moral crisis.
The essay below is an updated and edited version of a post I wrote here many years ago, I'm Human, I'm American and I'm Addicted to Oil . Richard Douthwaite , Irish economist and activist, (and a fellow at the Post Carbon Institute), invited me to contribute it as a chapter in the just released book Fleeing Vesuvius , which is a collection of articles generally addressing "how can we bring the world out of the mess it finds itself in"? My article dealt with the evolutionary underpinnings of our aggregate behavior - neural habituation to increasingly available stimuli, and our evolved penchant to compete for status given the environmental cues of our day. And how, after we make it through the likely upcoming currency/claims bottleneck, we would be wise to adhere to an evolutionary perspective in considering a future (more) sustainable society.
NATE HAGENS: What We Can Learn From Hedge Fund Investors length: 3:26 credit: Post Carbon Institute board member Nate Hagens discusses conspicuous consumption as a natural behavior--one that can be changed, one that must be changed quickly if we are to create stable, resilient societies. "Without behavioral change, without changing the carrot that the United States and the countries that follow us compete for, away from conspicuous consumption... its only going to be fingers in the dyke, temporary fixes."