Free Read [Humor and Comedy Book] ↠ Not the Future We Ordered: Peak Oil, Psychology, and the Myth of Progress - by John Michael Greer ✓


  • Title: Not the Future We Ordered: Peak Oil, Psychology, and the Myth of Progress
  • Author: John Michael Greer
  • ISBN: 9781299051034
  • Page: 254
  • Format: ebook

  • For well over half a century, since the first credible warnings of petroleum depletion were raised in the 1950s, contemporary industrial civilization has been caught in a remarkable paradox a culture focused on problem solving than any other has repeatedly failed to deal with, or even consider, the problem most likely to bring its own history to a full stop The comiFor well over half a century, since the first credible warnings of petroleum depletion were raised in the 1950s, contemporary industrial civilization has been caught in a remarkable paradox a culture focused on problem solving than any other has repeatedly failed to deal with, or even consider, the problem most likely to bring its own history to a full stop The coming of peak oil the peaking and irreversible decline of world petroleum production poses an existential threat to societies in which every sector of the economy depends on petroleum based transport, and no known energy source can scale up extensively or quickly enough to replace dwindling oil supplies Resolute action on personal, local, national, and global levels over the decades just passed might have staved off a future of economic contraction, political turmoil, and immense human suffering Instead, governments and populations of all the world s industrial nations collectively closed their eyes to the impending crisis.Not The Future We Ordered is the first study of the psychological dimensions of that decision and its consequences, as a case study in the social psychology of collective failure, and as an issue with which psychologists and therapists will be confronted repeatedly in the years ahead At the core of the modern world s inability to come to grips with the challenge of peak oil are a set of beliefs that amount to a civil religion of progress, in which the concept of progress is credited with the invincibility and beneficence other religions assign to their gods This civil religion of progress lends legitimacy to policies that subordinate all other values to economic growth, place blind faith in untested technologies, and rule out serious consideration of the long term downsides of today s trends.The religious faith in progress that makes such policies seem sensible, and provides justification for the marginalization of alternative views, has become one of the core factors driving contemporary societies headlong toward a wrenching confrontation with the hard limits of a finite planet As the gap widens between today s expectations of perpetual progress and tomorrow s experiences, peak oil will become a significant mental health issue across the currently industrialized world When the future we ordered fails to show up on schedule, cognitive dissonance and other psychological impacts common in times of severe cultural dislocation will likely show up as well, driving counterproductive responses on the personal and collective scales Understanding the psychology that backed industrial civilization into a corner called peak oil is a crucial step in dealing with these consequences, and to this, Not The Future We Ordered offers a clear and readable guide
    John Michael Greer
    John Michael Greer is an author of over thirty books and the blogger behind The Archdruid Report He also serves as Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America His work addresses a range of subjects, including climate change, peak oil and the future of industrial society He lives in Rhode Island with his wife.


    Commentaires:

    Silvia Di Blasio
    I read this book in less than a week. I expected more, based on the title and was somewhat disappointed.t, Greer takes pages and pages to explain concepts such as civil religion, double bind and emotional investment, not as they are (clear and straightforward), but from where they originated (for me, an unnecessary detour). For example, he used two pages to explain how Gregory Bateson studied schizophrenic patients, when he could have explained double bind in half a page. At one moment, I though [...]

    Chris Chester
    As the global economy skids up against the realities of a world unable to find a replacement for the abundance of fossil fuels that have driven industrial society for two centuries, how will people cope?This is the essential question at the center of Not the Future We Ordered. If you're unfamiliar with the concept of Hubbard's Curve or peak oil, this book is not the best place to start, because Greer really treats the concept almost as a given. For those interested, The Long Descent: A User's Gu [...]

    Donnell
    Amazingly, a quick read. There is fill, but not like the fill when an author has his one concept and takes 250-300 pages to say it.Liked the way the info here fit some pieces together. For example, back in the 1970's, President Carter went before the American people and told us we were going to run out of domestic oil and that we were going to have to hunker down and conserve and learn to live with less etc. But then, as Greer explains, Reagan and Thatcher saw a wonderful opening--let's just say [...]

    Jason
    The theme Greer develops here will not be unfamiliar to regular readers of his blog: peak oil, a phenomenon discussed in several of his other recent books, means that the global, industrial economy is in for a sustained economic contraction, resulting in great reductions in our standards of living and the frustration of expectations that we have long-taken for granted. This sense of entitlement, however frustrated, comes with what Greer describes as the "civil religion" of Progress and means tha [...]

    Mark Valentine
    The book functions well as a primer to the looming post-industrial collapse when oil resources tighten and the means for our affluent lives becomes museum pieces. Greer presents an overview for what to expect; no specifics, just the broad strokes of how it will look and why.Why? It's in our social psychology. Along with the Industrial Revolution came the illusory fantasy that efficiency means progress. But efficiency simply means we are efficient at whatever we were doing earlier, for good or fo [...]

    Roger Blakesley
    I found this book full of hubris. (A word the author used about 7,000 times.) His stunning level of cynicism and lack of hard scientific or engineering knowlege made the entire reading experience both unpleasant and stomach turning.His near-religious worship of the false, soft-science of psychology had me aghast.While I agree that we maybe reaching a logarithmic asymptote of prosperity or progress I by no means buy into his luddite faith position that we are running out of abundant future petrol [...]

    Kerry
    Interesting but not riveting. Focuses on the psychological aspects of the future energy issues we will face this century. Not a fan of psychology so it held a passing interest for me at best. Don't dismiss it on that basis though. Some of the points raised were quite interesting, particularly in the areas of why people refuse to face issues like Peak Oil and climate change.

    Dimitris Hall
    Quick read, rich in information, read on Kindle. John Michael Greer is my recent obsession I discovered through Ran Prieur and the links he posts on his blog.Having been a regular reader of JMG's blog The Archdruid Report for a few months now, the content and topic of Not the Future We Ordered didn't come as a surprise. In short, it's about how progress is our contemporary "civic religion" and myth; what the psychological impact of living through peak oil and its aftermath will look like in the [...]

    Bryan Winchell
    This is an important book, even though it's a bit drier than the stuff I usually like to read. I think, though, that our myth of progress, which is based on how we think so highly of our human achievements and our ability to control Nature, is blinding us to the reality of Peak Oil and the future that seems to be just around the corner. If that sentence at all intrigued or ticked you off, I recommend this book. I'll say no more!

    Joshua Mccroskey
    One of Greer's best so far. Incredibly insightful and compellingly readable I finished it in one sitting.

    Jason Gordon
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