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Ahmed, Nafeez Mosaddeq. 2010d. A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization and How to Save It. Pluto Press, London. [related article 1 by author]  [related article 2 by author]

Allison, Graham. 2015. "The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War? In 12 of 16 past cases in which a rising power has confronted a ruling power, the result has been bloodshed." The Atlantic 24 September. [author interview] [commentary by Greg Myre on Wisconsin Public Radio]

Allison, Graham. 2017. Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York. [author interview] [related paper by author in The Atlantic] [commentary by Greg Myre on National Public Radio] [Thucydides Trap Forum at the Belfer Center with author (video) (transcript PDF)]

Arbuthnott, Katherine D. and Brett Dolter. 2013. "Escalation of commitment to fossil fuels." Ecological Economics 89:7-13.

Avena, Nicole M., Pedro Rada, and Bartley G. Hoebel. 2008. "Evidence for sugar addiction: Behavioral and neurochemical effects of intermittent, excessive sugar intake." Neuroscience and Behavioral Reviews 32(1):20–39.

Barham, Bradford L., Jean-Paul Chavas, and Oliver T. Coomes. 1998. "Sunk Costs and the Natural Resource Extraction Sector: Analytical Models and Historical Examples of Hysteresis and Strategic Behavior in the Americas." Land Economics 74:429-448. [abstract]

BBC News (Poll). 2010. "Climate Skepticism 'On the Rise', BBC Poll Shows." BBC News 7 February.  [full poll (PDF)]

Beddoe, Rachael, Robert Costanza, Joshua Farley, Eric Garza, Jennifer Kent, Ida Kubiszewski, Luz Martinez, Tracy McCowen, Kathleen Murphy, Norman Myers, Zach Ogden, Kevin Stapleton, and John Woodward. 2009. "Overcoming Systemic Roadblocks to Sustainability: The Evolutionary Redesign of Worldviews, Institutions, and Technologies." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106(8):2483-2489.

  • "Many governments worldwide have long-standing policies that promote growth in market goods at the expense of non-market public goods generated by healthy ecosystems. These include (i) over $2 trillion in annual subsidies for market activities and externalities that degrade the environment (i.e., perverse subsidies) (Myers and Kent 2001); (ii) reduced protection or privatization of the commons (Barnes 2006); and (iii) inadequate regulations and inadequate enforcement of existing regulations against environmental externalities (Brown 2007)." (p. 2486)
  • "Economies have weathered innumerable financial crises. However, the current financial crisis pales in comparison to the biophysical crisis. Yet these more critical crises are pushed off the front page by the financial crisis and the dominant worldview of continued economic growth and consumption. Not only do our current institutions and instruments fail to address the real crisis, they accomplish mutually reinforcing goals that move us in the wrong direction. No attention is given to the relationship between the biophysical crises and the market economy, although continuous economic growth in the wealthy countries is actually a major cause of the biophysical crises (Daly 2007)." (p. 2486)

Binder, M. and A.-K. Blankenberg. 2017. "Green lifestyles and subjective well-being: More about self-image than actual behavior." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 137:304-323.

  • "…this boost in life satisfaction is mostly due to self-image (i.e. one's own assessment of how environmentally-friendly one's behavior is) but not due to concrete pro-environmental behaviors such as conserving water, recycling and so on. We further show that green self-image increases the extent and intensity of green behavior yet even the greenest (self-identified) individuals do not consistently exhibit all pro-environmental behaviors."

Birch, Leann L. and Jennifer A Fisher. 1996. "The Role of Experience in the Development of Children's Eating Behavior." Pages 113-141 in E.D. Capaldi (ed.), Why We Eat what We Eat: The Psychology of Eating. American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Blanchard, Keith. 2014. "Why you should stop believing in evolution. You don't believe in it – you either understand it or you don't." The Week 4 August.

Bonini, Sheila and Jeremy Oppenheim. 2008. "Cultivating the Green Consumer." Stanford Social Innovation Review Fall:56-61.

Bopp, Michael and Judie Bopp. 2011. Recreating the World: A practical guide to building sustainable communities, third edition. Four Worlds press, Alberta. [PDF]

  • A model with four pillars is illustrated: 1) Social, 2) Cultural, 3) Political/Ideological, and 4) Economic/Ecological. Two of the pillars combine two pillars each from other models. Subcomponents of each pillar are also presented that also include pillars from other models including Spiritual. At its core, the model includes the following four elements: 1) Emotional (under Social), 2), Spiritual (under Cultural), 3) Mental (under (under Political/Ideological), and 4) Physical (under Economic/Ecological). (p. 34)

Boroditsky, Lera. 2011. "How Language Shapes Thought. The languages we speak affect our perceptions of the world." Scientific American February. 

Borrelli, Belinda, Rashelle B. Hayes, Shira Dunsiger, and Joseph L. Fava. 2010. Risk perception and smoking behavior in medically ill smokers: a prospective study. 105:1100-1108. [PDF

Boykoff, Maxwell T., and Jules M. Boykoff. 2004. "Balance as bias: global warming and the US prestige press." Global environmental change 14.2: 125-136. [PDF] [related video]

Bratman, Gregory N., Gretchen C. Daily, Benjamin J. Levy, and James J. Gross. 2015. "The benefits of nature experience: Improved affect and cognition." Landscape and Urban Planning 138:41-50. [related news story and video]

Brockner, Joel. 1992. "The Escalation of Commitment to a Failing Course of Action: Toward Theoretical Progress." Academy of Management Review 17(1):39-61. [abstract] [PDF]

Brooks, C. and J. Manza. 2013. "A Broken Public? Americans' Responses to the Great Recession." American Sociological Review 78(5):727-748. [story in ScienceDaily]

Burkeman, Oliver. 2015. "We’re all climate change deniers at heart. The G7 goal to phase out fossil fuels by the end of the century matters – because as individuals we’re hardwired to shirk existential challenges." The Guardian 8 June.  

Butterfield, Stephen. 1999. Amway: The Cult of Free Enterprise. South End Press, New York. 

Byrd, John and Kent Hickman. 2012. "Behavioral Economics and Corporate Sustainability." The Sustainability Review 3(3).

Cairns, John, Jr. 2004b. "Is Human Society in Denial Regarding the Tough Questions about Sustainability?" Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics 53-63. [PDF]

  • "The following few illustrative examples show that problems with denial do exist. 1) Cigarette smoking does not cause cancer or other adverse health effects. 2) Global warming is a myth not based on scientific evidence. 3) Biotic impoverishment (species extinction) will not affect human society. 4) Every environmental problem has a technological solution. 5) The human population can keep expanding indefinitely. 6) Resources are not limiting."

Capra, Fritjof. 2002. The Hidden Connections: Integrating the Biological, Cognitive, and Social Dimensions of Life into a Science of Sustainability. Doubleday, New York. [review] [summary (PDF)]

  • "In addition to its economic instability, the current form of global capitalism is ecologically and socially unsustainable, and hence not viable in the long run. Resentment against globalization is growing rapidly in all parts of the world. The fate of global capitalism may well be, as Manuel Castells puts it ‘the social, cultural, and political rejection by large numbers of people around the world of an Automaton whose logic either ignores or devalues their humanity.’ As we shall see, that rejection may already have begun." (p. 157)

Catton, William R., Jr. 1994. "The Problem of Denial." Environment and Society.

Cerin, Pontus. 2003. "Sustainability Hijacked by the Sociological Wall of Self-evidence." Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management 10(4):175-185. [PDF]

Chefurka, Paul. 2009. "The Neuropsychology of Climate Change." Approaching the Limits of Growth 1 December.

Cook, John. 2010. The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism. SkepticalScience.org. [PDF] [related video]

Coontz, Stephanie. 2016. The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap, Revised Edition. Basic Books, New York. [review in L.A. Times]

Corner, Adam, Ezra Markowitz, and Nick Pidgeon. 2014. "Public engagement with climate change: the role of human values." Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. [PDF]

Costanza, Robert. 1987. "Social Traps and Environmental Policy: Why Do Problems Persist when there Are Technical Solutions Available?" BioScience 37(6):407-412. [PDF]

Damasio, Antonio R. 1994. "Descartes’ Error and the Future of Human Life." Scientific American October. [PDF]

Dardozzi, Jeff. 2008. "The spector of Jevon’s Paradox." Stanford University Press, Stanford. [PDF]

Dawkins, Richard. 1976. The Selfish Gene. Oxford University Press, Oxford. [wikipedia summary] [PDF]

Dawkins, Richard. 2006. The God Delusion. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York. [review 1] [review 2] [review 3] [related Ted Talk by author]

Dawkins, Richard. 2009. The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. Free Press, New York. [author interview]  [review 1]  [review 2] [related discussion, "We are all Africans"]

De Simone, Deborah M. 2001. "The Consequences of Democratizing Knowledge: Reconsidering Richard Hofstadter and the History of Education." The History Teacher 34(3).

DeAngelis, Tori. 2004. "Consumerism and its discontents: Materialistic values may stem from early insecurities and are linked to lower life satisfaction, psychologists find. Accruing more wealth may provide only a partial fix." American Psychological Association 35(6).

Dennett, Daniel C. and Robert Winston. 2008. "Is Religion a Threat to Rationality and Science?" The Guardian 22 April. [related Ted Talk video]

Dunlap, Riley E. 2013. "Climate change skepticism and denial: An introduction." American behavioral scientist: 0002764213477097. [PDF]

Dunning, David. 2014. "We Are All Confident Idiots. The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertise. A leading researcher on the psychology of human wrongness sets us straight." Pacific Standard 27 Oct.

Edwards, Andrés R. 2005. The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift. New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, British Columbia.

Ehrlich, Paul R. 2009. "Ecoethics: Now Central to All Ethics." Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 6(4):417-436. [PDF]

Ehrlich, Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich. 1996. Betrayal of Science and Reason: How Anti-environmental Rhetoric Threatens Our Future. Island Press, Washington, D.C. [review by Mike Hudak]

Ehrlich, Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich. 2004. One With Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future. Island Press, Washington, D.C. [video lecture by P. Ehrlich] [review by Herman Daly in BioScience (PDF)]

  • "Nothing less is needed than a rapid ethical evolution toward readjusting our relationship with nature so that the preservation of biodiversity becomes akin to a religious duty." (p. 270)

Ehrlich, Paul R., G. Wolff, G. Daily, J. Hughes, S. Daily, M. Dalton, and M. Goulder. 1999. "Knowledge and the Environment." Ecological Economics 30:267-284. [PDF]

Evans, Tina Lynn. 2012. Occupy Education: Living, and Learning Sustainability. Peter Lang, New York. [review by Mark Seis in the Journal of Sustainability Education] ["Afterword" by Richard Kahn]

Fassbinder, Samuel Day, Anthony J. Nocella II, and Richard Kahn (eds.). 2012. Greening the Academy: Ecopedagogy through the Liberal Arts. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam. [introduction

Fisher, Janet A., et al. 2014. "Understanding the relationships between ecosystem services and poverty alleviation: A conceptual framework." Ecosystem Services 7: 34-45.

Foley Hein, Jayni. 2012. "The Climate Misinformation Nation." The Berkeley Blog 16 May.

Fricker, Alan. 1998. "Measuring up to Sustainability." Futures 30(4):367-375.

Fromm, Erich. 1973. The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness. Holt, Reinhart & Winston, New York. 

Gastil, John, Don Braman, Dan Kahan, and Paul Slovic. 2011. "The Cultural Orientation of Mass Political Opinion." PS: Political Science & Politics 44(4):711-714. [PDF]

Gibney, Bruce Cannon. 2017. A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America. Hachette Books, New York. [author interview on WPR] [review in The Washington Post] [brief review in Salon]

Giroux, Henry A. 2012. Education and the crisis of public values. Peter Lang, New York. [abstract] [related video]

Gomez, Carlos Mario and Carlos Gutierrez. 2011. "Enhancing Irrigation Efficiency but Increasing Water Use: The Jevons' Paradox." EAAE 2011 Congress Change and Uncertainty Challenges. [PDF]

Goodell, Jeff. 2013. "Global Warming Is Very Real. Scientists are fighting deniers with irrefutable proof the planet is headed for catastrophe." Rolling Stone 12 September.  

Greer, Charles R. and Gregory K. Stephens. 2001. "Escalation of commitment: a comparison of differences between Mexican and U.S. decision-makers." Journal of Management 27:51-78. [PDF]

Gunia, Brian C., Niro Sivanathan, and Adam D. Galinsky. 2009. "Vicarious Entrapment: Your Sunk Costs, My Escalation of Commitment." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 45(6):1238-1244. [abstract w/PDF download link]

Hagens, Nathan J. 2009. "The Psychological and Evolutionary Roots of Resource Overconsumption Revisited." The Oil Drum 25 June.

Hagens, Nathan J. 2013. "What if the Future is Real?" Earth Week Keynote Presentation, 24 April, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. [Q&A response video]

Haidt, Jonathan. 2001. "The emotional dog and its rational tail: A social intuitionist approach to moral judgment." Psychological Review 108:814-834. [PDF]

Haines, Christopher. 2013. "Reclaiming Progress by Limiting Economic Growth. Journal of Sustainability Education 27 June. 

Hamilton, Clive. 2010. Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change. Earthscan, New York. [excerpt in The Guardian] [extract in Geographical] [review 1] [review 2] [Wikipedia summary]

Hedges, Chris. 2016. "The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism." Truth Dig 2 March.

Hedges, Chris. 2017. Stop Fascism: Chris Hedges in Portland, Oregon. A KBOO radio benefit, published on YouTube 7 June. [Part Two: Hedges talks with Joe Sacco]

Henderson, Alex. 2015. "9 basic concepts Americans fail to grasp. A lack of worldliness is clouding our vision on everything from sex to economics, and the proof is in our policies." Salon 28 March. 

Herman, Edward S. and Noam Chomsky. 2002. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. Pantheon, New York. [PDF] [video lecture by Chomsky, part 1, part 2]

Heylighen, Francis. 1992. "A Cognitive-systemic reconstruction of Maslow's theory of self-actualization." Behavioral Science 37:39-57. [PDF]  

Hibbing, John R.,  Kevin B. Smith, and John R. Alford. 2014. "Differences in negativity bias underlie variations in political ideology." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37(3):297-307. [news story by Chris Mooney

Hofstadter, Richard. 1963. Anti-intellectualism in American life. Knopf, New York. [review]

Hornsey, Matthew J., Emily A. Harris, Paul G. Bain, and Kelly S. Fielding. 2016. "Meta-analyses of the determinants and outcomes of belief in climate change." Nature Climate Change 22 February. [PDF] [news summary in Grist]

Jacques, Peter J. 2006. "How Should Corporations Deal with Environmental Scepticism?" Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management 13(1):25-36. [PDF]

Janssen, Marco A, T.A. Kohler, and Marten Scheffer. 2003. "Sunk-cost Effects and Vulnerability to Collapse in Ancient Societies." Current Anthropology 44(5):722-728.

Janssen, Marco A. and Marten Scheffer. 2004. "Overexploitation of Renewable Resources by Ancient Societies and the Role of Sunk-cost Effects." Ecology and Society 9(1):6.

Johnson, Steven. 2013. "Behaviour Change is a Journey: What Sustainability Can Learn From Public Health." Eco-opportunity.net 5 April.

Johnston, David Cay. 2016. The Making of Donald Trump. Melville House Publishing, Brooklyn. [author presentation (video)] [author interview at Alternet] [review by Kathy Kiely in Moyers & Company] [review by David Bromwich in The Guardian] [review by M. Kakutani in The New York Times] [interview by Chris Hedges]

Kahan, Dan M., Ellen Peters, Maggie Wittlin, Paul Slovic, Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Donald Braman, and Gregory Mandel. 2012. "The polarizing impact of science literacy and numeracy on perceived climate change risks." Nature Climate Change 2:732-735. [related commentary by Kahan in Nature]

Kaplan, Robert D. 2005. "How We Would Fight China." The Atlantic Monthly June. [related 2007 editorial by Kaplan]

  • "The Middle East is just a blip. The American military contest with China in the Pacific will define the twenty-first century. And China will be a more formidable adversary than Russia ever was."

Kaplan, Robert D. 2012. The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate. Random House, New York. [review] [review in The New York Times] [related paper by author in Foreign Policy (PDF)] [podcast interview on NPR] [author presentation on BookTV]

Keeney, Ralph L. 2008. "Personal Decisions Are the Leading Cause of Death." Operations Research 56:1335-1347. [discussion with access to full article and responses]

Kellstedt, Paul M., Sammy Zahran, and Arnold Vedlitz. 2008. "Personal Efficacy, the Information Environment, and Attitudes Toward Global Warming and Climate Change in the United States." Risk Analysis 28(1):113-126.

Kinzer, Stephen. 2015. "The world of threats to the US is an illusion." Boston Globe 12 April. 

Klein, Naomi. 2017. No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need. Haymarket Books, Chicago.

  • "Trump is extreme, but he's not a Martian," writes Klein. "On the contrary, he is the logical conclusion to many of the most dangerous trends of the past half century. He is the personification of the merger of humans and corporations—a one-man megabrand, with wife and children as spin-off brands."
  • “four decades of corporate, neoliberal policies and privatization, deregulation, free trade, and austerity" produced ongoing economic pain and in turn, the rise of a con-man populist like Trump.
  • "If we want to defend against the likes of Donald Trump—and every country has their own Trump—we must urgently confront and battle racism and misogyny in our culture, in our movements, and in ourselves. This cannot be an afterthought, it cannot be an add-on. It is central to how someone like Trump can rise to power."

Klemfuss, Nola, William Prinzmetal, and Richard B. Ivry. 2012. "How Does Language Change Perception: A Cautionary Note. Frontiers in Psychology 3(article 78):1-6.

  • "No doubt, the words we speak simultaneously reinforce and compete with the dynamic world we perceive and experience." (p. 5)

Kruse, Kevin M. 2015. One Nation Under God. How Corporate America Invented Christian America. [related essay by author] [author podcast interview] [related lecture by author] [review 1] [review 2]

Kuklinski, James H., Paul J. Quirk, Jennifer Jerit, David Schwieder, and Robert F. Rich. 2000. "Misinformation and the Currency of Democratic Citizenship." The Journal of Politics 62(3):790-816. [PDF]

Lakoff, George. 2011. "The New Centrism" and Its Discontents." Truthout 25 January.

Lappé, Frances Moore. 2011. EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want. Nation Books, New York. [related article by author]

Lappé, Frances Moore. 2013. "Scarcity-mind or Eco-mind: Where Do They Lead?" Solutions 4(2).

Le Foll, Bernard, Alexandra Gallo, Yann Le Strat, Lin Lu, and Philip Gorwood. "Genetics of dopamine receptors and drug addiction: A comprehensive review." Behavioural Pharmacology 20(1):1-17. [abstract]

Lee, Christina. 1989. "Perceptions of immunity to disease in adult smokers." Journal of Behavioral Medicine 12:267-277. [abstract]

Leiserowitz, Anthony A., Robert W. Kates, and Thomas M. Parris. 2005. "Do Global Attitudes and Behaviors Support Sustainable Development?" Environment 47(9):22-38. [PDF]

Lemann, Nicholas. 2014. "The Tea Party is timeless: Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism in American Life reviewed." Columbia Journalism Review Sept-Oct.

Lewandowsky, Stephan, John Cook, Klaus Oberauer, Scott Brophy, Elisabeth A. Lloyd, and Michael Marriott. 2015. "Recurrent Fury: Conspiratorial Discourse in the Blogosphere Triggered by Research on the Role of Conspiracist Ideation in Climate Denial." Journal of Social and Political Psychology 3(1):8 July. [news story]

Lewis, Tyson and Richard Kahn. 2010. Education Out of Bounds: Reimagining Cultural Studies for a Posthuman Age. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. [related piece by Kahn et al.] [related piece by Kahn]

Lippmann, Walter. 1997. Public Opinion. Free Press, New York. 

Lombrozo, Tania. 2013. "Can Science Deliver the Benefits of Religion?" Boston Review 7 August.

Lunenburg, Fred C. 2010. "Escalation of Commitment: Patterns of Retrospective Rationality." International Journal of management, Business, and Adminsitration 13(1). [PDF]

Maniates, Michael F. 2001. "Individualization: Plant a tree, buy a bike, save the world?." Global Environmental Politics 1:31-52. [PDF]

  • "...the individually responsible consumer is encouraged to purchase a vast array of 'green' or 'eco-friendly' products on the promise that the more such products are purchased and consumed, the healthier the planet's ecological processes will become. 'Living lightly on the planet' and 'reducing your environmental impact' becomes, paradoxically, a consumer-product growth industry."
  • "A theory of social change that embraced the image of consumers voting with their pocketbook soon took root. Almost overnight, the responsibility for fundamental change in American consumption and production landed squarely on the backs of individual consumers—not on government (which was to be trimmed) or corporations (which were cast as victims of government meddling, and willing servants to consumer sovereignty)."

Mark, Jason. 2013. "Naomi Klein: Green groups may be more damaging than climate change deniers. The "No Logo" author explains how environmentalists may be more damaging to their cause than climate change deniers." Salon 5 September.

Marshall, George. 2009. "Why We Find it so Hard to Act Against Climate Change." Yes Magazine 1 December.

Marshall, George. 2014. Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change. Bloomsbury, New York. [book review by Ethan Goffman] [book review] [related article by author] [video lecture by author]

Maslow, Abraham H. 1943. "A Theory of Human Motivation." Psychological Review 50:370-396. [related contemporary paper by Douglas Kenrick]

McAdams, Dan P. 2016. "The Mind of Donald Trump. Narcissism, disagreeableness, grandiosity—a psychologist investigates how Trump’s extraordinary personality might shape his possible presidency." The Atlantic June.

McCright, Aaron M. and Riley E. Dunlap. 2011. "Cool dudes: The denial of climate change among conservative white males in the United States." Global Environmental Change 21(4):1163-1172. [PDF] Conservative white males are more likely than other Americans to report climate change denial. Conservative white males who self-report understanding global warming very well are even more likely. Climate change denial is an example of identity-protective cognition. System-justifying tendencies lead to climate change denial. Climate change denial increased from 2001 to 2010.

Monbiot, George. 2006b. "The Denial Industry." Guardian Unlimited 19 September.

Monbiot, George. 2014. "Deviant and Proud. Do you feel left out? Perhaps it’s because you refuse to succumb to the competition, envy and fear neoliberalism breeds." The Guardian 6 August. 

Mooney, Chris and Sheril Kirshenbaum. 2009. Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future. Basic Books, New York.

Mooney, Chris. 2005. The Republican War on Science. Basic Books, New York. [review 1] [review 2]

Mooney, Chris. 2011. "The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science. How our brains fool us on climate, creationism, and the vaccine-autism link." Mother Jones 18 April.

Mooney, Chris. 2012. The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science - and Reality. Wiley, New York. [related article by Mooney in Mother Jones] [relted article by Mooney in AlterNet] [review in The Daily Kos] [review in SkepticBlog]

Moreno, Jonathan D. 2011. The Body Politic: The Battle over Science in America. Bellevue Literary Press, New York. 

Moxley, Mitch. 2014. "Can Language Influence Our Perception of Reality? New research suggests that subtle linguistic differences can frame our approaches to difficult problems—and even affect our views on space and time." Slate.

Myers, David G. 2000. "The funds, friends, and faith of happy people." American Psychologist 55(1):56-67. [PDF]

Nair, Yasmin. 2017. "The Dangerous Academic is an Extinct Species. If these ever existed at all, they are now deader than dodos. Current Affairs 18 April.

  • "If anything, the university has only gotten less dangerous in recent years. Campuses like Berkeley were once centers of political dissent. There was open confrontation between students and the state. In May of 1970, the Ohio National Guard killed four students at Kent State. Ten days later, police at the historically black Jackson State University fired into a crowd of students, killing two. At Cornell in 1969, armed black students took over the student union building in a demand for recognition and reform, part of a pattern of serious upheaval. But over the years the university became corporatized. It became a job training center rather than an educational institution. Academic research became progressively more specialized, narrow, technical, and obscure. (The most successful scholarship is that which seems to be engaged with serious social questions, but does not actually reach any conclusions that would force the Professor to leave his office.)"

Norgaard, Richard B. 1988. "Sustainable Development: A Co-Evolutionary View." Futures 20(6):606-620. [abstract] [PDF]

  • Advocates for a radical change in the collective worldview.

Norton, Bryan G., Robert Costanza, and R.C. Bishop. 1998. "The Evolution of Preferences. Why 'Sovereign' Preferences May not Lead to Sustainable Policies and what to Do about it." Ecological Economics 24:193-211. [PDF]

O'Brien, Karen, and Linda Sygna. 2013. "Responding to climate change: The three spheres of transformation." Proceedings of Transformation in a Changing Climate. [PDF] [related video]

Oreskes, Naomi and Erik M. Conway. 2010. Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. Bloomsbury Press, New York. [review 1] [review 2] [video by author]

Oreskes, Naomi and Erik M. Conway. 2013. "The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future." Dædalus, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences 142(1):41-58. [PDF]

Oreskes, Naomi. 2004. "The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change." Science 306(5702):1686. [related expanded book chapter (PDF)]

Oskamp, Stuart. 2000b. "Psychological Contributions to Achieving an Ecologically Sustainable Future for Humanity." Journal of Social Issues 56(3):373-390. [PDF]

Otto, Shawn Lawrence. 2011. Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America. Rodale, New York. 

Piff, Paul K., Daniel M. Stancato, Stéphane Côté, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, and Dacher Keltner. 2012. "Higher social class predicts increased unethical behavior." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 27 February. [critique by Francis in PNAS] [reply by Piff et al.] [related video]

Platt, John. 1973. "Social Traps." American Psychologist 28:642-651.

Pooley, Eric. 2010. The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth. Hyperion, New York. [chapter 1 in the New York Times]

Prinz, Jesse J. 2012. Beyond Human Nature: How Culture and Experience Shape Our Lives. Allen Lane, London. [review by Simon Blackburn]

Quinn, Daniel. 1995. Ishmael. Bantam Books, New York. [wiki summary]

Rammel, Christian and Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh. 2003. "Evolutionary Policies for Sustainable Development: Adaptive Flexibility and Risk Minimizing." Ecological Economics 47:121-133. [PDF]

Raven, Peter H. 1976. "Ethics and Attitudes." Pages 155-179 in J.B. Simmons et al. (eds.), Conservation of Threatened Plants: Proceedings of a conference on the functions of living plant collections in conservation-oriented research and public education. Kew, England, 1975. Plenum Press, New York.

Rees, William E. 2010. "The Human Nature of Unsustainability." Post Carbon Institute, Santa Rosa, California. [PDF]

Rees, William E. 2010b. "What’s Blocking Sustainability? Human Nature, Cognition, and Denial." Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 6(2):13-25. 

Rees, William E. 2012. "The Way Forward: Survival 2100." Solutions 3(3). [related article] [related video]

Robinson, Ken. 2006. "Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity." TED Talk video.

Scheffer, Marten, F. Westley, and W. Brock. 2003. "Slow Response of Society to New Problems: Causes and Costs." Ecosystems 6:493-502. [PDF]

Shellenberger, Michael and Ted Nordhaus. 2011. "Why Climate Science Divides Us but Energy Technology Unites Us." The Breakthrough Insitute 6 January. 

Shepperd, James A., William M.P. Klein, Erika A. Waters, and Neil D. Weinstein. 2013. "Taking Stock of Unrealistic Optimism." Perspectives on Psychological Science 8(4):395-411. [PDF]

Sibbel, Anne. 2009. "Pathways towards sustainability through higher education." International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 10(1):68-82. [PDF

Smith, Alison Dalton. 2010. "Too Much of a Good Thing: The Relationship between Money and Happiness in a Post-Industrial Society." The Sustainability Review 7 March.

Spangenberg, Joachim H. 2016. "The world we see shapes the world we create:how the underlying worldviews lead to different recommendations from environmental and ecological economics – the green economy example." International Journal of Sustainable Development 19(2):127-146.

  • "The ability of neoclassical economics to survive in the political arena despite its flaws and the economic disasters caused by relying on it is not due to its predictive capabilities or mathematical rigour, but rather due to its function as legitimation science – power supports the science legitimising power. The capitalist accumulation regime and its inherent growth tendency, along with the limited ability to distribute the wealth created are legitimised by a world view explaining that this is as the world must be. Alternatives are declared to be rather unthinkable (illusionary, day dreams, unrealistic, castles in the air etc. are terms used to discredit suggestions for change)."

Spies, Chris F.J. 2006. "Resolutionary Change: The Art of Awakening Dormant Faculties in Others." Social Change and Conflict Transformation: Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation 5:49-60. [PDF]

Stam, Erik, and Jan Lambooy. 2012. "Entrepreneurship, Knowledge, Space, and Place: Evolutionary Economic Geography meets Austrian Economics." Pages 81-103 in David Emanuel Andersson (ed.) The Spatial Market Process (Advances in Austrian Economics, Volume 16), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, U.K. [PDF] [related article (PDF)

Sunstein, Cass R. 2009. On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, New York. 

Sustainability Science "probes interactions between global, social, and human systems, the complex mechanisms that lead to degradation of these systems, and concomitant risks to human well-being. The journal provides a platform for building sustainability science as a new academic discipline which can point the way to a sustainable global society by facing challenges that existing disciplines have not addressed. These include endeavors to simultaneously understand phenomena and solve problems, uncertainty and application of the precautionary principle, the co-evolution of knowledge and recognition of problems, and trade-offs between global and local problem solving.

The journal promotes science-based predictions and impact assessments of global change, and seeks ways to ensure that these can be understood and accepted by society. Sustainability Science creates a transdisciplinary academic structure and discovery process that fuses the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. 

  • Definition: "Sustainability is defined as dynamic stability in global, social, and human systems and their interactions over time. Sustainable science is characterized by two important objectives. One is to integrate the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities by means of a holistic approach. And the second is to address pressing global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and poverty issues, particularly in developing countries."

Taub, Amanda. 2016. "The rise of American authoritarianism. A niche group of political scientists may have uncovered what's driving Donald Trump’s ascent. What they found has implications that go well beyond 2016." Vox 1 March.

Taylor, Jill Bolte. 2008. "Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight." TED Talk video.

Thaler, Richard H. and Cass R. Sunstein 2008. Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness. Yale University Press, New Haven. [related article]

Thierry, Guillaume. 2016. "Neurolinguistic Relativity: How Language Flexes Human Perception and Cognition." Language Learning 66(3):690-713. 

Truelove, Heather Barnes, Amanda R. Carrico, Elke U. Weber, Kaitlin Toner Raimi, and Michael P. Vandenbergh. 2014. "Positive and negative spillover of pro-environmental behavior: An integrative review and theoretical framework." Global Environmental Change 29:127-138. [PDF]

Truelove, Heather Barnes, Kam Leung Yeung, Amanda R. Carrico, Ashley J. Gilles, and Kaitlin Toner Raimi. 2016. "From plastic bottle recycling to policy support: An experimental test of pro-environmental spillover." Journal of Environmental Psychology 46:55-66.

Tversky, Amos & Daniel Kahneman. 1981. "The Framing of Decisions and the Psychology of Choice." Science 211(4481):453-58. [PDF

UCS. 2013. A Climate of Corporate Control: How Corporations Have Influenced the U.S. Dialogue on Climate Science and Policy. The Scientific Integrity Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge, Massachusetts. [PDF]

van Gelder, Sarah (ed.). 2015. Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Oakland. [video lecture by van Gelder] [related essay by van Gelder]

van Hecke. Madeleine L. 2007. Blind Spots: Why Smart People do Dumb Things. Prometheus, New York.

Varki, Ajit and Danny Brower. 2013. Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind. Hachette Book Group, New York. [summary]

Vergragt, Philip J. and Halina Szejnwald Brown. 2016. Fostering and Communicating Sustainable Lifestyles: Principles and Emerging Practices. United Nations Environment Programme - Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry Branch (UN Environment). [PDF]

"The rich body of literature on communication and lifestyle-related initiatives and policies shows an evolution of the problem framing. Several approaches from the past have been shown to be overly simplistic, ineffective or altogether misplaced. 27 Some of these 'debunked assumptions' include:

·         The assumption of ‘consumer-choice’ - that individuals are rational decisionmakers guided by price signals and information. Linked to that is the assumption that appealing to people’s self-interest in the most effective method of changing behaviours. We now know that while price signals and information are important factors for many people and in many situations, they are not universal and not always the most important motivators of behaviour.

·         The assumption that individuals can change their consumption behaviours by deciding to do so. We now know that individual consumption choices are conditioned by culture, life experiences, and market forces and are constrained by infrastructure, social practices, and institutions. These often result in “lock-ins” into highly consuming lifestyles.

·         The assumption that all we need to do to change individual’s behaviours is to foster a change in values and attitudes. 28 This assumption has led to the discovery of the so-called ‘value-action gap,’ in which people’s attitudes don’t match their behaviours, and has led research and practice to explore the role of emotions, habits, and structures in shaping behaviour. There is also a growing recognition that values and attitudes are very hard to change because they are closely linked to a dominant culture.

·         The assumption that “green consumption” is the best way to achieve a sustainable lifestyle. This assumption has been challenged by accumulating evidence that green products and simple acts such as waste recycling have no impact on reducing energy consumption either on an individual or societal level, and that technological solutions are mitigated through rebound effects."

Verhaeghe, Paul. 2014. What About Me? The struggle for identity in a market-based society. Scribe, London. [related paper by George Monbiot]

Vitek, Bill and Wes Jackson (ed.). 2008. The virtues of ignorance: Complexity, sustainability, and the limits of knowledge. University Press of Kentucky, Lexington. 

Wagner, Gernot. 2011. "Going Green but Getting Nowhere." The New York Times 7 September.

Wagner, Gernot. 2011. But Will the Planet Notice? How Smart Economics Can Save the World. Hill and Wang, New York. [related essay by author in The New York Times: "Going Green but Getting Nowhere"] [related video presentatio by author]

  • General takeaway: individual behavior is fine, but sweeping policies are needed for real progress.
  • "A 5% gasoline price increase leads to a 3% consumption reduction in the U.S." (from video lecture)

Wals, Arjen E.J. and Bob Jickling. 2002. “Sustainability in higher education: From doublethink and newspeak to critical thinking and meaningful learning." International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 3(3):221-232. [PDF] [related article (PDF)]

Werfel, Seth H. 2017. "Household behaviour crowds out support for climate change policy when sufficient progress is perceived." Nature Climate Change 12 June. [story in Scientific American by Knvul Sheikh]

  • "…household behaviour may crowd out public support for government action by creating the perception of sufficient progress."
  • "...study in Japan finds that after people unplug appliances and turn down the A-C, they are more resistant to nationwide climate change measures." (Sheikh, Scientific American 21 June)

Whybrow, Peter C. 2015. The Well-Tuned Brain: Neuroscience and the Life Well Lived. Norton, New York. [excerpt] [reveiw] [discussion with author]

Wiek, Arnim, Lauren Withycombe, Charles Redman, and Sarah Banas Mills. 2011. "Moving forward on competence in sustainability research and problem solving." Environment 53(2):3-13. [PDF]

Wilk, Richard. 2010. "Consumption Embedded in Culture and Language: Implications for Finding Sustainability." Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 6(2):38-48. [PDF]

Wilk, Richard. 2013. "Green Consumerism Is No Solution." HuffPost, The Blog 14 June (updated 14 August).

  • "Goodness and moral values have been privatized in our post-Reagan-Thatcher neoliberal world. 'Green' consumer goods promise...that we can change the world without sacrifice, or any more effort than smarter shopping."
  • "Those of us concerned with the real impacts of global consumer culture are stuck in the territory between cynicism and tokenism, trying to think more productively about the kinds of strategies that can make a symbolic and material difference. We hope that the passive activism of green (or greenish) consumption can connect with more overtly political activities…"

Williams, Ray. 2014. "The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the dumbing down of America." Psychology Today 7 June.

Wilson, Edward O. 2013. The Social Conquest of Earth. Liveright, New York. 

Wilson, Edward O. 2014. The Meaning of Human Existence. Liveright, New York. [review

Wilson, Kris. 2012. "Ideology Trumps Meteorology: Why Many Television Weathercasters Remain Unconvinced of Human-Caused Global Warming." Electronic News 6(4):208-228. [PDF

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