Citizen Action Monitor

Rules from finance and economics constrained 20th century aspirations – Nate Hagens (24/?)

Look for rules from natural sciences and ecology to play a more prominent role in this century. No 2307 Posted by fw, June 19, 2018 To access links to all … Continue reading

June 19, 2018

Our culture asks very narrow-boundary questions when challenges are wide-boundary — Nate Hagens (22/?)

Our culture fails to recognize that even local, narrow-boundary concerns may be related  to, if not rooted in, serious wide-boundary issues. No 2306 Posted by fw, June 19, 2018 To … Continue reading

June 19, 2018

“Governments and institutions do whatever they can to keep access to energy growing” – Nate Hagens (22/?)

No institution, no government worldwide is planning for less than 2% growth in the next 50 years. Growth is the plan, the game is the plan. No 2305 Posted by … Continue reading

June 18, 2018

Our industrial enterprise causes unseen, micro-level, socio-enviro impacts – Nate Hagens (21/?) 

We focus on the seen – but the unseen currently tells a worrying story. No 2304 Posted by fw, June 17, 2018 To access links to all other posts in this series, click … Continue reading

June 17, 2018

Human civilization has neglected our fellow animals of Earth’s wildlife community – Nate Hagens (20/?)

We simply don’t see the impact on them of the rapid, explosive expansion of human civilization. No 2303 Posted by fw, June 16, 2018 To access links to all other … Continue reading

June 16, 2018

In our quest for ‘treasure’, our capitalist economy has plundered Earth’s ‘riches’ – Nate Hagens (19/?)

Only when converted into ‘treasure’ are ‘riches’ said to have ‘value’, and governments plan to continue the plunder. No 2302 Posted by fw, June 15, 2018 To access links to … Continue reading

June 15, 2018

Our current market system puts no price on harmful external socio-ecological impacts – Nate Hagens (18/?)

Trade-off — There’s a case to be made for pricing ecological externalities — but we’d be poorer, work harder, be less comfortable. No 2301 Posted by fw, June 14, 2018 … Continue reading

June 14, 2018

Genes vs Culture — There is strong evidence for a genetic component in human behavior – Nate Hagens (17/?)

A big hope for this century is that our culture will move towards something more sane, more rational, more humane. No 2300 Posted by fw, June 14, 2018 To access … Continue reading

June 14, 2018

We really care about ourselves first, then our in-groups, and “them” least of all — Nate Hagens (16/?)

Me vs Us, Us vs Them — Name your global crisis, we’re already witnessing human behaviour at its most selfish. No 2299 Posted by fw, June 13, 2018 To access … Continue reading

June 13, 2018

Once our basic needs are met, wanting more things will not increase our life satisfaction — Nate Hagens (15/?)

Forget “shop ‘til-you-drop” — It really is the simple things in life that sustain our ongoing feelings of contentment and wellbeing. No 2298 Posted by fw, June 13, 2018 To … Continue reading

June 13, 2018

Brain chemical makes feeling of wanting a thing much stronger than having it — Nate Hagens (14/?)

Anticipation of reward increases level of dopamine-driving desire, but with possession, dopamine level declines. No 2297 Posted by fw, June 12, 2018 To access links to all other posts in … Continue reading

June 12, 2018

Once our absolute basic needs are met, we start to compare ourselves relative to others — Nate Hagens (13/?)

And in a culture that values income, status, and ranking, comparisons of relative success can create problems. No 2296 Posted by fw, June 11, 2018 To access links to all … Continue reading

June 11, 2018

How “supernormal stimuli” can cause today’s chronic problems, such as obesity and war – Nate Hagens (12/?)

Once-helpful, “normal” urges are being hijacked by today’s alluring temptations, from candy to porn to lethal weapons. No 2295 Posted by fw, June 10, 2018 To access links to all … Continue reading

June 10, 2018

As biological creatures with finite lifespans, we care more about Now than the Future – Nate Hagens (11/?)

That’s a problem because most of our societal, cultural, environmental challenges are in the Future. No 2294 Posted by fw, June 9, 2018 To access links to all other posts … Continue reading

June 9, 2018

Our beliefs are so powerful that we cling to them even in the face of undeniable facts – Nate Hagens (10/?)

“We evolved to be wrong. And we have a lot of blind spots about our physical world.” No 2293 Posted by fw, June 8, 2018 To access links to all … Continue reading

June 8, 2018

We routinely seek experiences that trigger the same feelings our successful ancestors had – Nate Hagens (9/?)

There are proximate or ‘surface’ explanations for our behavior, but there are also ‘ultimate’ explanations based on our ancestral past. No 2292 Posted by fw, June 7, 2018 To access … Continue reading

June 7, 2018

Humans are part of the animal kingdom, of the mammal and ape lineage – Nate Hagens (8/?)

Our behavioral repertoire is amazing, yet still constrained and informed by our animal heritage. No 2291 Posted by fw, June 6, 2018 To access links to all other posts in … Continue reading

June 6, 2018

Fossil fuels, NOT economic theories, caused the past 150-years of rapid economic growth – Nate Hagens (7/?)

We’re beginning to see that the theories don’t offer much predictive reliability for a coming global economy. No 2290 Posted by fw, June 5, 2018 To access links to all … Continue reading

June 5, 2018

“We can’t go to 100% renewable energy and live like we do now.” – Nate Hagens (6/?)

The ability of a technology to provide ‘joules’ is different than its ability to contribute to ‘work’ for society. No 2289 Posted by fw, June 4, 2018 To access links … Continue reading

June 4, 2018