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The human brain’s problems with global warming

Posted by Martin Poulter on 26 March 2009

The Dennett post last week was quite popular, so here’s another similarly brainy video. I’m becoming quite a fan of the psychologists Daniel Gilbert and Timothy D. Wilson, both for their academic research and their engaging popularisations (“Stumbling on Happiness” and “Strangers to Ourselves” respectively). Here are fourteen minutes of Gilbert in action talking about how we are well-adapted to respond to immediate threats from taboo behaviour, but not gradual threats from an impersonal process. “If global warming were caused by gay sex, millions of Americans would right now be massing on the streets demanding the Administration do something about it.”


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