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Book event: Are Our Brains Wired to Ignore Climate Change?
September 25, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join George Marshall in a discussion about his new book, climate change and the qualities that make us human and how we can grow as we deal with the greatest challenge we have ever faced. Click here to RSVP!
A witty, insightful, and groundbreaking take on one of the most urgent questions of our time: Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change?
“The science of climate change is easy. George Marshall reminds us about the hard part: connecting the wellhead to the tailpipe in people’s minds as soon as possible. Let’s get to work. Please read this book, and think about it.” – Bill Nye-the Science Guy
George Marshall’s search for the answers brings him face to face with Nobel Prize-winning psychologists and the activists of the Texas Tea Party; the world’s leading climate scientists and the people who denounce them; liberal environmentalists and conservative evangelicals. What he discovered is that our values, assumptions, and prejudices can take on lives of their own, gaining authority as they are shared, dividing people in their wake. With engaging stories and drawing on years of his own research, Marshall argues that the answers do not lie in the things that make us different and drive us apart, but rather in what we all share: how our human brains are wired, our evolutionary origins, our perceptions of threats, our cognitive blindspots, our love of storytelling, our fear of death, and our deepest instincts to defend our family and tribe.
“Clearly we’re not responding to the reality of climate change with the speed the crisis requires. This book explains some of the reasons that could be–and how we might work around them in the short time that we have.” – Bill McKibben, 350.0rg, author Death of Nature