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  1. Man-Made World - Chapter 5

    ... stone tablet in the city of Natori warns of a link between the earth and the sea: If an earthquake comes, beware of tsunamis. ... mix of facts and how those facts feel. And once we’ve made up our mind about a risk, Confirmation Bias takes over and we choose to ... by your identity. Do you embrace the model of human progress or are you frightened by it? Do you trust governments and ... opposing perspectives on several of the challenges our planet faces. One perspective can be characterised as the “optimistic” ... knowledge has conquered the animal kingdom, bent the natural world to our convenience, unpicked the darkest secrets of the universe, fought ... classical naturalism for holding back the progress of man. In his Free Inquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature, ... over rapid population growth; and, of course, the vexed issue of climate change. The battle between romantics and optimists has become ...


  2. Us And Them - Chapter 7

    MAN-MADE WORLD Correspondence Eric Knight In the opening pages of ... writes that it exposes the central dilemma of our century: choosing between economic progress and environmental sustainability. However, as the essay continues, ... offers the answer.  Genuine political consensus on this issue will be formed only by building a meaningful bridge to the right. For ... questions. A community that must choose between progress and planet will be divided. It is a false choice. Likewise a political community ...


  3. Groundswell - Chapter 10

    ... of the Labor Party’s representation; to weaken the links between the constituency and its parliamentary representatives. We could ... many rationalisations offered for the recent electoral gains made by the Greens. These tend to follow the line that the Western Australian election was a one-issue wonder, soon to be annulled by the implementation of the state ALP’s ... reserves her most withering scorn for the NZ Greens while choosing her coalition partners from right-wing fundamentalists who oppose much ... of Bob Brown. Traditionally Green parties around the world have been concerned to discourage cults of personality; nevertheless it ... dairy farmer and Brown’s a country policeman. As a young man Brown, like his mentor, Dick Jones, voted for the Country Party. That ...


  4. Not Dead Yet - Chapter 6

    ... of these scarifying comments was not so much that Jones made them, but that dozens of so-called conservative commentators rallied to ... in this essay’s sources) looked at Jones and said, “This man needs our support.”  In practice, these hard-right activists are ... the authoritarian right continued its denigration of the world of science, attacking the concept of climate change and the work of ... Genuine conservatives would take a different approach to the issue. Given the international scientific consensus on the threat of global ... climate change – in effect, an insurance policy for the planet. The rise of far-right denialism has betrayed this cautionary ... graph accompanying the release showed significant warming between 2012 and 2017.  Commenting on these projections on 8 January 2013, ...