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Don't Even Think About It
Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change | George Marshall
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Most of us recognize that climate change is real, and yet we do nothing to stop it. What is this psychological mechanism that allows us to know something is true but act as if it is not? George Marshall's search for the answers brings him face to face with Nobel Prize-winning psychologists and the activists of the Texas Tea Party; the world's leading climate scientists and the people who denounce them; liberal environmentalists and conservative evangelicals. What he discovered is that our values, assumptions, and prejudices can take on lives of their own, gaining authority as they are shared, dividing people in their wake. With engaging stories and drawing on years of his own research, Marshall argues that the answers do not lie in the things that make us different and drive us apart, but rather in what we all share: how our human brains are wired-our evolutionary origins, our perceptions of threats, our cognitive blindspots, our love of storytelling, our fear of death, and our deepest instincts to defend our family and tribe. Once we understand what excites, threatens, and motivates us, we can rethink and reimagine climate change, for it is not an impossible problem. Rather, it is one we can halt if we can make it our common purpose and common ground. Silence and inaction are the most persuasive of narratives, so we need to change the story. In the end, Don't Even Think About It is both about climate change and about the qualities that make us human and how we can grow as we deal with the greatest challenge we have ever faced.
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jdiehr
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Wrapped all the gifts for #jolabokaflod #littlechristmasswap and #bestof2021swap

If I see ANY of my matches posting that they've picked up ANY of the books I bought them, I will flip!!

Don't even think about it!

JamieArc While I love swaps, I hate that I can‘t buy myself any books for a little while! 😂 2mo
Amiable @JamieArc I was literally standing in the bookstore this weekend with a book in my hand that I really, really want and had to put it down because I remembered that it was on one of my swap lists! 😀 2mo
jdiehr @JamieArc @Amiable The struggle is real 😄 2mo
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BiblioLitten @Amiable This happened with me too! The struggle is definitely real!😅 @jdiehr 1mo
candority Hahah I always just play it safe and don‘t buy anything in the time leading up to a swap! 1mo
melissajayne Hence why I don‘t buy anything on my list and if I get them through the library, I return them. 1mo
Chelleo This is me every year with my husband! 🤬 1mo
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Lea
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This is full of good information about psychologically why we struggle with doing anything about climate change. It also gave me some insight into the current political climate, looking at how others think and accept data. It's a bit repetitive but very fascinating. #libraryreads

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jpmcwisemorgan
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There's a lot packed into this book, so much so I'm going to read it again later this year. It's specific to climate change by the discussion on how we frame issues and communicate them, especially science related topics, has broader applications. Definitely worth a read for anyone interested in the break down of communication and why, even when we have common ground, we can't find a way to be in the same page.

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I'm only about 15% done but I suspect this is going to be a very timely, and relevant, read. So far he's just laying the groundwork for why people think they do about climate change but he's already discussed bias, societal norms, and echo chambers. If this goes how I think it will, there will be broader implications for current events.