What you should not say in Public: The Presentation
Published on The Doomstead Diner on March 14, 2017
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Last week, Dr Geoff Chia put up an article/announcement of a lecture he was giving at the Ecocenter in Queensland Oz on March 10th, which he fortunately got recorded so it can be more widely dispersed. You will find the lecture and the slides he used in the video above. Also included here is an Audio only track you can download to your mp3 player or smartphone to play while you are gardening or biking to work, or sitting in traffic in your SUV on Diner Soundcloud.
The lecture has inspired some lively comentary Inside the Diner, here is a sample of that:
From Lucid Dreams:
Dr. Chia is a good speaker.
I agree, although after listening to the whole thing, I felt he was a little heavy handed. Imagine if I pitched that spin at the convocation! The movers & shakers would have looked at me like I was from Mars! I wrote Geoff back I think he needs to take it down a notch for the Newbies.
Why pander to the newbies? The sooner one can accept the truth and reinvent themselves to carry on in spite of the doom before us the better! Perhaps convincing people that massive change is coming but playing down without denial the misery and death part of the fate before us could wake up more people. I will agree with that.
From Lucid Dreams
Speaking from experience with speaking to crowds about these topics, doesn't matter how much you down play it. Most people are not going to recognize the information as valid because it amounts to pulling the rug out from under their sense of security. People start marinating on the ramifications of Peak Oil and then they start to hyperventilate (only in their unconscious mind). The unconscious mind then promptly kicks out the possibility of even entertaining the doomy notions presented. Vaporware, scientists, renewable energy, and technotriumphalism coupled with the psychology of previous investment all finish the job of denial.
Simply put, it matter not how you present the information. Whether you do it with a spoon full of sugar or with a fuckin' sledge hammer, the results are always the same…denial…
Unless the person is ready to accept the information…in which case they will likely have found that information by a simple google search.
I think there is a balance to be struck to begin opening the window without having them freak out and go into full denial mode. Remember, a Spoonful of Sugar Makes the Medicine Go Down!
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