Category Archives: Optimism & Critical Thinking

Over 250 Cognitive biases, fallacies, errors, and more

This is from Wikipedia.  Yikes — we are all delusional! Cognitive Biases: Decision-making, belief & behavioral biases Ambiguity effect – the tendency to avoid options for which missing information makes the probability seem “unknown.” Anchoring – the tendency to rely … Continue reading

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

Since there’s nothing that can be done about climate change, because there’s no scalable alternative to fossil fuels, I’ve always wondered why politicians and other leaders, who clearly know better, feel compelled to deny it.  I think it’s for exactly … 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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Optimism versus Ignorance

When it comes to scientific topics like peak oil and climate change, are people’s opinions based on optimism, or ignorance?  Does optimism prevent people from even obtaining the information that would make them less optimistic?  Consider what it took for … Continue reading

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Telling others about peak oil 2000-2005 from energyresources and runningonempty

TELLING OTHERS: EnergyResources and RunningOnEmpty comments about their experiences trying to get the word out on “Peak Oil”  from March 1, 2000 to August 2005.  July 2013: I just read a fantastic article about what it’s like to be aware … Continue reading

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