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Not the Future We Ordered: Peak Oil, Psychology, and the Myth of Progress Paperback – February 20, 2013
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Perhaps a reader should start with Greer's other works first in order to dispell the charms of our current cultural myth (especially The long descent and the Ecnotecnic Future). This is a short, but great and insightful description of our mass delusion. But.Read more ›
I grew up in a rust belt city, in a declining area, and I think because of that, this book really resonated with me in the sense that I had experienced most of the psychology and cultural conceptions already. What this book did for me, then, was to give me a framework for understanding decline in ways that were productive and helpful, to frame my experiences in an age of rust belt decline. I think this is one of his strongest titles to date.
As to psychology, Greer trained as an historian, not a psychologist, and psychology is full of bizarre theories. Greer does cite a few of these with appropriate disdain, including psychological explanations for why slaves ran away before the Civil War and why suburban housewives were so unhappy in the 1950s. Yet he is more approving of Freud’s bizarre theories and derives his own bizarre theory of social “deviance” from Freud and Jung.
Greer cites Christian fundamentalism, New Age spirituality, and Environmentalism as examples of social “deviance” (p. 89…). The bizarre part is that to Greer these movements arose, or were shaped, because the new world view of “scientific materialism” needed a “loyal opposition”. I find it hard to imagine how scientists would want, or need, Christian fundamentalists to hound them about evolution. It seems more likely to me that Christian fundamentalists, being less educated and more working class and used to Calvinist doctrine, simply felt a loss of social power as the scientific world view became more visible in society, especially with the rise of metaphorical interpretations of the Bible. Becoming fundamentalist was simply a way of uniting themselves to reject this perceived assault on their social dominance. In turn, the political exploitation of fundamentalism was opposed by educated society as a theocratic threat to their freedom of thought, as well as to science and technology.Read more ›
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Fracking is reindustrializing the Rust Belt. The US enjoys the cheapest natural gas and electricity in the industrialized world. What planet is the author on?Published 16 months ago by Peter Cacioppi
I have never been a believer in the idea that the human species trajectory was hard wired from stone age barbarianism to space age utopia. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Trebor
Gas Fracking, Tar Sands and Tight Oil may have given us some wiggle room but oil and gas are not renewable. We're already seeing the affects.Published on January 30, 2014 by Brian B.
The basic premises of this and similar books is that peak oil is upon us(undoubtedly correct) and that civilization as we know it will not survive peak oil (hopefully not correct... Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by G. Budrikis
I've read many of JMG's works, including many of those outside of his peak oil subject matter. But this one stands out in both its' approach and relevancy. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Quercus
This is a welcome book exploring the myth of progress, or rather religion of progress, in western civilization. Read morePublished on November 9, 2013 by Dr. Lionel
When the fossil fuel feast is finished and the church of progress closes our mantra will be "they didn't think of anything" instead of
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Peak oil is a difficult subject. It seems easy but trying to understand our energy situation is a danting task. This book zooms in on the psychology. Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by didier
I'm old enough to remember the fifties and the idea that better living really was possible through chemistry and that jetpacks and flying cars were going to appear in the showrooms... Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Melissa Dowd