Reason in A Dark Time

Reason in A Dark Time

Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed and What It Means for Our Future

Book - 2014
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From the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference there was a concerted international effort to stop climate change. Yet greenhouse gas emissions increased, atmospheric concentrations grew, and global warming became an observable fact of life. In this book, philosopher Dale Jamieson explains what climate change is, why we have failed to stop it, and why it still matters what we do. Centered in philosophy, the volume also treats the scientific, historical, economic, and political dimensions of climate change. Our failure to prevent or even to respond significantly to climate change, Jamieson argues, reflects the impoverishment of our systems of practical reason, the paralysis of our politics, and the limits of our cognitive and affective capacities. The climate change that is underway is remaking the world in such a way that familiar comforts, places, and ways of life will disappear in years or decades rather than centuries. Climate change also threatens our sense of meaning, since it is difficult to believe that our individual actions matter. The challenges that climate change presents go beyond the resources of common sense morality -- it can be hard to view such everyday acts as driving and flying as presenting moral problems. Yet there is much that we can do to slow climate change, to adapt to it and restore a sense of agency while living meaningful lives in a changing world.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780199337668
Branch Call Number: 363.73874 Ja
Description: xiii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Apr 28, 2017

As a person intelligent enough to understand climate change, I thought I'd like this book. But ow. I was mostly reminded why I'm glad graduate school isn't a lifelong sentence (if that's what hell is like, I'm going to be nicer in the future, just in case).

Not only is this published by Oxford University press, Jamieson is a philosopher, and if you don't how obtuse and hair-splitty they can be, this book will help you find out. He explores the dimensions of morality as applies to climate change. Why in particular do people in the US fail at this task (or imperative, if you prefer)? He also looks at some "what is to be done about it" sorts of questions but mostly isn't an optimist.

7% of the people on the planet cause 50% of the pollution that drives climate change. But it's the children of the 50% who cause none of it who will suffer most. Every time you get on an airplane, for instance, or turn your A/C below 80 degrees F, you're making them suffer. But how to make people admit to that and behave more morally? Carbon taxes? Because by halfway through I was skimming because it was dense and dull, I'm not sure if he came up with an elegant solution, but I'm going to guess not.

Sort of surprised this is in a public library system. It's more something you'd find in the university library stacks.

Jun 29, 2015

“Dr. Roy Spencer, Ph.D. is a climatologist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a crank with a major persecution complex. His favored form of pseudoscience is global warming denial, though he has also become known as a proponent of Intelligent Design.” . . .
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mdsdad2cn1 Jun 27, 2015

Learn from a climate science icon, read "The Great Global Warming Blunder" by Dr. Roy Spencer, instead. The pretentiousness of those like the critics of "Reason in a Dark Time" is what threatens the world even more than an earth killing asteroid - the asteroid may never hit us. While "catastrophically adjusted global warming" (CAGW) has become a NOAA reality thru blackmailed government and academic "geniuses" creating the likes of hockey stick temperature increases on demand (and earlier cooling data to emphasize a more recent contrived "heating") the actual global temperature appears to have cooled slightly even as CO2 has continued to rise. As vegetation needs more CO2 to overcome the current dangerously low levels we should be increasing CO2 production. Save the planet by breathing deeper and flying more!


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