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Einstein and the Reductionist Approach to Climate Change

Albert Einstein said something which could be applicable to dealing with the Cartesian reductionist approach of climate change only, within the false paradigm of increasing economic growth.

"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security."

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Comment by Roger Thomas on December 13, 2011 at 19:08

Posted before the Durban Conference, but a reason why it could only have a mediocre outcome and with a timescale inappropriate to confronting the challenges presented. If you are on a cruise ship no matter where you chose to go - the cinema, the bar, the restaurant, the swimming pool. Overall you will only end up where the ship takes you. No matter how good your intentions or motivation with regard to climate change or the imminent collapse of the planet's ecological life support systems. Doing it within the false paradigm just takes us to disaster. Change the paradigm and false belief system being used to run this planet. 

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