Category Archives: Optimism & Critical Thinking

Peak Oil in the Congressional record: Overview

Peak Oil in the Congressional record: Overview by Alice Friedemann, energyskeptic.com June 11, 2015 Even the most ardent techno-optimists and economists admit there are limited supplies of fossil fuels, but that we don’t need to worry for a long time. … Continue reading

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Why do political, economic, and scientific leaders deny Peak Oil and Climate Change?

Why do political, economic, and scientific leaders deny Peak Oil and Climate Change? by Alice Friedemann, www.energyskeptic.com  last updated November 30, 2015 Let me first say that Congress and especially the military is very much aware of the energy crisis.  … Continue reading

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Over 250 Cognitive biases, fallacies, errors, and more

What makes us susceptible to nonsense? A scientific paper on Bullsh*t was recently published: “On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit”, which attempts to identify what makes people susceptible to nonsense. The authors defined BS as a statement that … Continue reading

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Why Collapse is Inevitable (but hard to see)

Gregor Macdonald explains very well Why we will be Returning to Simplicity (Whether We Want To or Not) that we depend on continuing growth to function.  We’ve all existed at a time when technology got better and better at extracting … Continue reading

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Pessimism and Optimism / Ignorance

When it comes to scientific topics like peak oil and climate change, are people’s opinions based on optimism, pessimism, or ignorance? I think labeling views as pessimistic or optimistic is a logical fallacy, especially if the viewpoint is backed up … Continue reading

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