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Teachings of Dr. Nate Hagens about The Human Predicament –– Links to Posts

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Below are links to my posts related to the teachings of Dr Nate Hagens, who teaches Reality 101, A Survey of Human Predicament to graduate students at the University of Minnesota.

I begin with my link to a complete list of Hagens’ 34 videos, which he uploaded to You Tube in 2019. Following my post of a complete list of the videos are links to posts of my transcripts of titles in his series, grouped first by Set and then by Video No. I have selected just 8 of the 34 videos for transcription.


Hagens presents his videos in 3 Sets: Set 1:  Brain and Behavior // Set 2: Energy and Economy // Set 3: The Big Picture. First to appear in my listing is a complete linked list of the titles of all Hagens’ videos arranged in his 3 Sets. Following this are links to those videos to which I have added my transcripts. These videos are arranged by Hagens’ Set Number and then by the Video Number within the Set. Not all videos have been transcribed.

The nature of our human predicament told in 34 videos uploaded to You Tube by Dr. Nate Hagens : An organized list of Hagens’ 34 embedded videos for easy access and viewing — No 2501 Posted by fw, August 6, 2019

How dopamine complicates our efforts to transition to sustainable energy and economic pathways : Dopamine, the brain’s chemical messenger, drives our relentless, consumptive, “wanting” behavior. No 2506 Posted by fw, August 17, 2019 (Set 1: Brain & BehaviorNo. 3 of 10)

Dopamine isn’t “bad”; it’s our culture’s high-stimulation temptations that we must be wary of : The problem is a glut of our culture’s trivial pursuits have the potential to overwhelm life-enriching ventures and harm the environment.  No 2507 Posted by fw, August 18, 2019 (Set 1: Brain & BehaviorNo. 4 of 10)

“Humans didn’t evolve to see and understand reality in the true sense” : “But why would evolution produce creatures that can’t recognize the truth?” No 2508 Posted by fw, August 20, 2019 (Set 1: Brain & BehaviorNo. 7 of 10)

Why do Trump supporters cheer for a man who is publicly known to be a racist and congenital liar? : Attribute it to their need to conform to fellow supporters’ core belief that he speaks for them. So much for critical, independent thinking.  No 2509 Posted by fw, August 22, 2019 (Set 1: Brain & BehaviorNo. 8 of 10)

From fossil fuels to renewables – Dr. Nate Hagens’ “informed reality” of the daunting challenge ahead : Promises of 100% renewables by 2050 misrepresent the reality of current fossil fuel energy facts, says Hagens. No 2502 Posted by fw, August 7, 2019 (Set 2 Energy and EconomyNo. 14 of 16)

We’re headed for an increasingly complex, lower quality energy system, says Dr. Nate Hagens : The bad news – Few are planning for a world with a smaller energy footprint, with far fewer benefits. No 2504 Posted by fw, August 12, 2019 (Set 2 Energy and EconomyNo. 16 of 16)

The Big Picture –  Nate Hagens shares with his students his personal vision of a future worth having : An understanding of “The Big Picture” gives us the potential to steer students towards desired future outcomes.  No 2556 Posted by fw, December 12, 2019 – (Set 3: The Big Picture – No. 1 of 8)

The Big Picture – Nate Hagens explains why we miss The Big Picture of the human predicament : For starters, we don’t think too much about how we think – We’re self-blind, and systems blind.  No 2557 Posted by fw, December 13, 2019 – (Set 3: The Big Picture – No. 2 of 8)

The Big Picture – Nate Hagens identifies dire impacts to Earth’s environment, as “externalities” to price system : Unaware Earth’s environment is a complex adaptive system, apocalyptic climate scenarios exaggerate climate impacts and underestimate economic risks. No 2559 Posted by fw, December 17, 2019 – (Set 3: The Big Picture – No. 4 of 8)

The Big Picture – Hagens sees the rapid decline of the natural world as a crisis as big as climate change : “There’s no easy way to present this next topic,” warns Hagens, his students insisting he not candy-coat the story. No 2560 Posted by fw, December 19, 2019 – (Set 3: The Big Picture – No. 5 of 8)

The Big Picture – Our global civilization of billions behaves as a superorganism, always awake, always hungry : It functions as an energy dissipating structure, consuming every single good or service in our global economic system. No 2562 Posted by fw, December 24, 2019 (Set 3: The Big Picture – No. 6 of 8)

The Big Picture – What will happen after we hit the limits to expansive economic growth? : Can we knowingly plan an escape from a trending downward spiral of economic growth followed by decline? No 2563 Posted by fw, December 28, 2019 (Set 3: The Big Picture – No 7 of 8)

The Big Picture — 6 hours, 34 videos later, we’re at the end of the beginning. — What To Do Now? : Yes, we’re part of an energy-eating global superorganism, but you still have our own volition, creativity, and ability to impact the future in outsized ways. No 2564 Posted by fw, December 28, 2019 (Set 3: The Big Picture — No 8 of 8)

***** END OF HAGENS’ 34 VIDEOS *****


The links below are arranged in the order of the date of publication on my website, from the most recent to the oldest. 



The fate of civilization is in our hands, says Hagens, “We must bend and not break.” : To avoid the ghastliest consequences for ourselves and the environment, we must sequentially navigate the descent from a growth-driven economic system. — No 2715 Posted by fw, March 2, 2021

What to tell our children? Tell them that you have to love something in order to save it. : Young people, seeing the human predicament and choosing to live and consume differently, are two core pieces of a solution. — No 2714 Posted by fw, March 1, 2021

Solving “ghastly” environmental crises will require convincing highest level politicians : Nate Hagens reveals the three things top US politicians are focused on, and suggests how to approach the challenge. — No 2713 Posted by fw, February 28, 202

“In my analysis, I think we’re headed for a financial recalibration.” — Nate Hagens : We need to plan for a smaller economy, but decision makers see growing the economy as the solution. — No 2712 Posted by fw, February 22, 2021

OMEGA – Underestimating the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future Video of a discussion about the existential challenges we face, in which Dr. Hagens participates as a commentator. Published on You Tube, January 31, 2021

Americans and their leaders face ten daunting challenges in the next 4 years, says Dr. Nate Hagens : Biden faces challenge of navigating new existential challenges using failed economic and cultural tactics. — No 2680 Posted by fw, November 9, 2020

MUST READ – Dr. Nate Hagens’ masterly synthesis of the Big Picture implications of the coronavirus crisis : Prof. Hagens’ overview captures the complexity of our deadly predicament, a systems synthesis unmatched by other commentators. No 2607 Posted by fw, March 29, 2020

Humanity has become “a mindless, energy-hungry, CO2-emitting Superorganism,” says Dr. Nate Hagens : To avoid facing the consequences of global growth constraints, we’re now pursuing economic growth in increasingly risky, unsustainable ways. No 2595 Posted by fw, March 1, 2020

The Great Simplification coming next decade with 30% drop in capitalist economies, says Dr. Nate Hagens : Globally, we’re turning into an energy-squandering superorganism, like some energy-hungry, blind, purposeless amoeba. No 2480 Posted by fw, June 10, 2019

The big question facing students is how to construct a lifestyle given life’s growing complexity – Nate Hagens : Transcript of a wide-ranging, 32-minute interview with this dedicated prof who teaches his students to understand reality as it really is. No 2395 Posted by fw, November 16, 2018


RELATED NOTE: To access links to all 45 posts of Dr. Hagen’s talk Where Are We Going? delivered at Kansas Wesleyan University on April 23, 2018, click on this link: Where Are We Going? by Dr. Nate Hagens  ~ Links to All Posts.


My five-part transcript of Hagens’ video talk in Saudi Arabia titled — WEP2018 TV: Energy, Money and Technology and the Human Superorganism by KAUST Official, January 23, 2018

For 90% of people in the developed world, income growth ended a decade ago — Nate Hagens (1/5) : Growing the economy is incompatible with mitigating climate change, despite what Trudeau keeps saying.  No 2216 Posted by fw, May 11, 2018

Most people don’t understand that fossil fuel energy ‘underpins’ modern economies — Nate Hagens (2/5) : The biggest flaw in economic theory is that there’s no accounting of the creation and pollution costs of energy.  No 2217 Posted by fw, May 14, 2018

We have an economy based on energy, but we think we have an economy based on money — Nate Hagens (3/5) : In the US, the cost of extracting oil has gone up almost 400% since 2000, and they’re wasting most of it. No 2218 Posted by fw, May 15, 2018

Global human society is functioning as a wasteful energy dissipating structure — Nate Hagens (4/5) : Our species is an out-of-control, energy-hungry, global Superorganism in the service of maximizing GDP growth.  No 2219 Posted by fw, May 18, 2018

We’re delusional: We think our cleverness, technology, ingenuity are driving the economy — Nate Hagens (5/5) : Growing the economy by replacing fossil fuels with renewables is NOT likely to happen.  No 2220 Posted by fw, May 19, 2018


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