Gods or Goats - David Jennings

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Abstract

"We are as gods and HAVE to get good at it" Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Discipline

“We are as incapable of saving the planet as a goat is of being a gardener” James Lovelock http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/2009/10/does-copenhagen-matter/

"I still don’t understand... why I often succumb to well-documented psychological biases, even though I’m acutely aware of these biases" David Buss, Professor of Psychology http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.com/2009/10/david-buss-overcoming-irrationality.html

The language in which we talk about learning is directed towards the idea of attaining mastery. Becoming as gods. Individually and collectively we remain locked into behaviour patterns that we know are dysfunctional, yet the smartest among us can't find ways to unlearn them. We remain as fools. Gods and fools: a dangerous cocktail. This essay will chart this uneasy mixture and ask whether the way we learn can change to make our actions wiser.