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Bill Moyers, managing editor of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, recently sat down with 91-year-old Robert Jay Lifton, a renowned American psychiatrist and historian. They talked about his just published book, The Climate Swerve: Reflections of Mind, Hope, and Survival. Lifton borrowed the term “swerve” from Harvard humanities professor Stephen Greenblatt who used the term to describe a major historical change in human consciousness. Lifton has turned his attention to climate change, which, he says, “presents us with what may be the most demanding and unique psychological task ever required of humankind.”

I share with you some excerpts from Lifton’s responses to Moyers during the interview.

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7 thoughts on “The Climate Swerve: Reflections on Mind, Hope and Survival with Robert Jay Lifton and Bill Moyers

      • Technology cannot be both that which will kill us (sixth extinction through fossil fueled ecosystem destruction) and that which will give us the “capacity to avert catastrophe.”

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        • Yes, it is both. Technology is simply a tool which can be used properly and wisely, or not. A person can build a house with a saw and hammer, or they can tear one down. Technology, even that which has only destructive purposes (e.g. weaponry), can cause no such destruction without human action. Now, if you wish to assert that we shouldn’t develop certain technologies, I’ll listen; but, I’m not interested in grandiose arguments on the “evils” of technology and modern civilization. This isn’t the forum for that kind of debate, okay?

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