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Week 9: Marshall

Post by Yael on Sun May 27, 2018 6:33 pm

According to the author, what are some of the reasons that lead to the denial of climate change?

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Re: Week 9: Marshall

Post by last second 3pointer on Mon May 28, 2018 2:04 am

In this text Marshall explains us with the help of psychology, why humans can not stop Climate Change. He analyses this in 3 ways, but I believe that only first reason is the obvious correct one, and the other two are the consequences of the first one. He says that the biggest problem of Climate Change is that we can not see it, or feel it or experience it. Because it is just developing a process, we do not see the direct affects. Because there are no direct effects. Humans get attention with bombs and fights, it is because that these things makes direct results. But climate change is a slow process. It feels lottery to some people. There is something they don't see, but have to do something about it. It is like a religion for some people, but although it is pure science, we all know that science must do mistakes time to time. Therefore people always rather hopes for nothing to happen than acting for a future foresight.

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Re: Week 9: Marshall

Post by 7ajje94 on Mon May 28, 2018 9:23 am

„How sad to think that nature speaks and mankind doesn‘t listen“ - Victor Hugo
It is really very sad that most of us reject the knowledge of science and we react to it irresponsibly although we are living in it.
I totally agree on what he said that the most prominent problem is that we can not see the climate change or feel the danger. In addition, the psychology of human beings that there is no external enemy for this issue makes no sense to think about it

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Re: Week 9: Marshall

Post by altair3feb on Mon May 28, 2018 10:57 am

Throughout the reading, Marshall emphasizes our perception of 'long-term vs short-term' as humans, and what these two categories entail. For example, he takes time as an aspect of salience and how it comes into play with our cognitive biases. If something happens over a long period of time, it is associated with distance, and that somehow translates into geographic and moral distance (i.e. not to assume responsibility), when in reality they're entirely separate categories. This is named "optimism bias" according to the text, and the term attempts to highlight the falsely extrapolated attitude towards the world and eventually themselves as moral agents.

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