In this blog, we will attempt to present ideas and information that will help you make decisions in your own lives that reflect respect and love for your home...Earth.  Before we really get to it, though, we ask you to consider how you make your decisions and form your opinions.


 

In this blog, we will attempt to present ideas and information that will help you make decisions in your own lives that reflect respect and love for your home...Earth.  Before we really get to it, though, we ask you to consider how you make your decisions and form your opinions. 


Levitt and Dubner from Freakenomics have discussed this in their podcast. They attempt to explain why smart people make dumb choices and how they make decisions about risks that they don’t know much about, and they concluded that all people tend to go along with their crowd.  We take our cues from the people we choose to believe.  They go even further to state that the more scientifically sophisticated and educated you are, the more likely you are to hold an extreme view,  of climate change for example.  Most scientists believe in climate change, but only 50 % of all people agree.  Beliefs have less to do with what we know than whom we know. 


It is difficult to hold a view very different from the dominant cultural view...you will fit in better and not be thought of as a nut.  Additionally, there is so much information out there, it is impossible for a person to know enough to make a rational unbiased decision so we seek out sources that confirm what we already believe; for example, some of us are CNN watchers, and others love Fox News.  And since we are all too busy to worry about stuff, we rely on the media, like this blog.


So this blog recognizes that anyone reading it has already formed a decision...and a good one for them.  We will try to give you food for thought and in the process assist you in making decisions that benefit you and the earth at the same time.  None of us goes it alone and our ability to acquire knowledge depends on deciding whom to trust about what.  Don’t take just anybody’s word for it.  We leave you with a final word from one of history’s best thinkers: Isaac newton.  "It is important to acknowledge our own flaws in our thinking. 


To explain all nature is too difficult for any one person or even one age. ‘Tis much better to do a little with certainty and leave the rest for others who come after you than to explain all things by conjecture without making sure of anything."  In other words. don’t get too cocky, and neither will we in this blog.  Stay tuned and, please, keep reading.