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

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.

The links below are arranged in the order of the date of publication on my website, from the oldest down to the most recent. To access a title of interest, just scroll down the list and click on the linked title.


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.



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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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


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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