Worst is Bruckner's seeming insistence that all this concern about what's happening to our climate is some frivolous fad and that all we have to worry about is our worries. Most disconnected from the reality of global trends and quite frankly begging for a rebuttal, which I am providing, until someone with more intellectual horse power has the nerve, or interest, to take on the great French thinker Monsieur Pascal Bruckner.
I reprint the full text, neither having, nor asking for permission, because Pascal puts himself out there as a great thinker trying to influence the masses, also considering this was posted at The Chronicle of Higher Education, it seems only proper that they allow his words to be examined with a skeptical eye.
And how does poking fun at the result of humanity's handling of our life sustaining biosphere help move anything along?
Pascal it's all been said before. ;- )
Ecologism | An Introduction
Ecologism is a new political ideology based on the position that the non-human world is worthy of moral consideration, and that this should be taken into account in social, economic, and political systems. This innovative book provides the first comprehensive introduction to this philosophy, which is recognized as a major development in environmental politics.
Brian Baxter probes the metaphysical, moral, political, and economic facets of ecologism. Bringing the central themes of contemporary political theory into contact with green political theory, he compares ecologism to such mainstream ideologies as utilitarianism, Rawlsian liberalism, libertarianism, Marxism, and feminism. An innovative contribution to environmental ethics and political philosophy, this book provides new insights into and solutions to the problematic relationship between society and nature.
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Here's a peek into what these folks are living with:
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Bolivia’s Dilemma: Development Confronts the Legacy of Extraction
Evo Morales plays a double game on Bolivia's environment
U.N. Reports Sharp Increase in Refugees as Civil Wars Cripple Nations
By SOMINI SENGUPTA JUNE 20, 2014
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Famine Early Warning System
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BY EMILY ATKIN | POSTED ON JULY 28, 2014~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Pascal, the real world is much bigger than the show going on inside our heads!
FYI: Climate Change / Ocean Impacts Blog
Pascal, are you and your fans familiar with math and the concept compounding interest and such?
This is real stuff, overwhelming even, but it can't be vanquished with a bunch of intellectual perfume.
All humans have always lived on the edge of the abyss, and passing through our lives is like dancing on a sword's edge - your point Pascal?
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* Fortunately I've discover a serious philosopher recently, so I retain hope.
Human Knowledge, Reliability and Fallibilism by Mariano Artigas
Falsify This - what contrarians ignore (#5)
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Unfortunately, from reading Pascals world, I don't think he has any direct knowledge of this planet of the natural process that gave birth to humanity, I can easily image a dude that's hardly ever been outside rooms.
I wonder if the concept of this planet and creatures and humanity evolving over unimaginable stretches of time makes any visceral sense. I fear that for Pascal and such it's all some two-dimensional image like a post card. They can't grasp it's essence or appreciate what hugely important lessons it has to teach us. Nah, instead they're lost in some lala land of rhetorical games.
It has nothing to do with authoritarianism, it's about the reality of our dependency on a healthy biosphere and predicable weather pattern.
Whereas Pascal is a perfect fit for the prissy interior designer who can't see beyond the furniture, frills and the color scheme of a place. I myself am more the construction type who's looking at roof lines; bearing points; framing details; drainage; maintenance anticipating considerations; spending time staring at the zone heating system; etc.
In my area snow loads and shedding during winter, is important; did they install safe hooks on the ridge for the snow shovelers who need to climb up there (most don't) and such functional details, etc., etc., etc. And I'm constantly shocked at how blind folks are to that. It's all about achieving the magazine cover picture perfect facade - we'll make due with the rest.
The man sounds like he gets all of his information from pop media outlets, a great source for interesting stories but a lousy source for genuine detailed learning. Though, from his glib attitude, I don't think learning about the climate or the folks who study it was his intention anyways.
Shame on him.