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WEIRD – Thinking Beyond Technology:

Issue no.5, “Research for the End of Your 'Normal' Everyday Existence”
Mabon 2021

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Contents

Note: Breaking with our usual ‘no linking’ convention,
this edition of WEIRD, each of the article headings contains a list of the academic studies referenced in it
for you to download & read.

‘Introduction’
Introducing the science for the end of your 'normal' everyday existence.
☮ History file: Bill Devall – ‘The Deep Ecology Movement’
Published in 1980, this tract was the first to outline the split between ‘eco-reformers’ & ‘deep ecologists’.
References:
“It's the economy, stoooopid!”
Environmentalism uses tech. as a sticking plaster; research says it’s affluence.
References:
‘Are humans a virus?’
In these times of disruptive pandemic, it might be interesting to figure how all other life on Earth looks at us.
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“...a felt need for increased efficiency”
The fatal flaw at the heart of the mainstream debate over efficiency and ecological impact – the ‘rebound effect’.
References:
‘Consumption is a temporal illusion’
There is a religious zealotry amongst those who ‘worship’ technology; they will form a lobby resistant to change.
References:
‘The Party is Over… Time to Clean-up’
Study after study has mapped the coming crash of human consumption. It’s time for the willing to make lifeboats.
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‘The problem IS affluent society’
Ideas to solve the ecological crisis take industrial society as an ‘invariant factor’. It’s time to change that.
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‘We must embrace in a new relationship with the land’
The only certain way to reduce global impacts is to re-establish that relationship to the land and natural systems.
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☮ Numerical Ramblings: ‘The zombie pro-nuclear lobby’
Why do the advocates of nuclear power refuse to die, or at least see statistical reason?

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