Essays

Essays

Ignorance by Consensus

Ignorance by Consensus

Human societies invest huge social resources into maintaining a collective world-view and the status quo. This makes them prone to missing novel or uncomfortable risks—even when they're well sign-posted.

In the World at the Limits to Growth

In the World at the Limits to Growth

We imagine this country is in crisis, yet crisis is relative. Most people in the world would envy our material austerity and be thankful for our endlessly 'collapsing' health service. But with our expectations thwarted and in the anxiety of uncertainty, we are focussed inward. Yet we remain as deluded as ever.

Energy and Food Constraints

Energy and  Food Constraints

We may rail against the regulators, politicians, and others who failed to understand and manage past risks, but we are just as culpable for our failure to engage with severe, well-signposted, imminent ones. Impassioned arguments over bank nationalisation, the austerity-stimulus debate, and NAMA consume us today, but in reality may be little more than a Lilliputian tussle over the fag-end of our
globalised economy. But it seems we cannot see our own predicament.

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