Cognitive Dissonance and Outright Lies at the Edge of Extinction

In recent weeks and months I have been amazed at the general public and most scientists ability to ignore the blatant evidence that we are in early stage, non-linear runaway warming. From individual activists, to the donation soaked and addicted corporate NGO’s, who are literally dependent on “Business as Usual” to maintain their cash flows, they ignore the elephant in the room, squandering vital time to prepare for the already unfolding collapse.
On an individual basis the decision to deny the severity of the situation is up to each persons conscience and/or courage to accept the predicament we find ourselves in but when it comes to research universities and their tenured scientists, governments and the large NGO’s it’s a ‘Dereliction of Duty’ for them not to be ‘completely frank’. That for me is abject dishonesty, especially toward the youth. I’ve previously singled out Dr Michael E Mann, the corporate media’s ‘Go To Mann’, for this dishonesty.
Below I will lay out just a few examples showing that we are in the runaway phase of this extinction event.
This fire season alone, “Australia’s wildfires have destroyed more than a fifth of the country’s forests, making the blazes “globally unprecedented” following a years-long drought linked to climate change, researchers said Monday.” Bushfires burned a fifth of Australia’s forest: Bushfires burned a fifth of Australia’s forest: study   Remember this is not an El Nino year, the next El Nino, if we have one, will be brutal and will put this event on steroids. The double feedback from these fires is that the forests were formerly carbon sinks so that has been lost and all the carbon that has ben released will accentuate the predicament.

In August last year Professor Guy McPherson and I re-interviewed Dr Andrew Glikson from the Australian National University regarding an article he wrote titled:Beyond Climate Tipping Points: Greenhouse Gas Levels Exceed the Stability Limit of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets

The pace of global warming has been grossly underestimated. As the world keeps increasing its carbon emissions rising in 2018 to a record 33.1 billion ton COper year, the atmospheric greenhouse gas level has now exceeded 560 ppm (parts per million) CO2equivalent, namely when methane and nitric oxide are included. This level surpasses the stability threshold of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. The term “climate change“ is thus no longer appropriate, since what is happening in the atmosphere-ocean system, accelerating over the last 70 years or so, is an abrupt calamity on a geological dimension threatening nature and civilization. Ignoring what the science says, the powers-that-be are presiding over the sixth mass extinction of species, including humanity.”
Links to the article and our interview with the exceptionally honest Dr Glikson can be found embedded below; Tipping Points in the Earth Climate System. Dr Andrew Glikson returns to Nature Bats Last

We are on the cusp of witnessing a sea ice free arctic ocean. The consequences of the albedo feedback loop and other side effects of the loss of sea ice like loss of habitat for algae, krill, sea lions, sea birds and polar bears. “Losing the remaining Arctic sea ice and its ability to reflect incoming solar energy back to space would be equivalent to adding one trillion tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, on top of the 2.4 trillion tons emitted since the Industrial Age, according to current and former researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.”

“At current rates, this roughly equates to 25 years of global CO2 emissions.For further reference see: ”Cascading Consequences of the Loss of Arctic Sea Ice

My cohost on Nature Bats Last recently commented on this aspect of the unraveling titled: “Edge of Extinction: Scientists don’t know why !!

“To believe that our species can avoid extinction, even as non-human vertebrates and non-human mammals disappear, is classic human hubris wrapped in a warm blanket of myth-based human supremacy. The evidence indicates humans will join the annihilation of “all life on earth,” as reported in the journal literature on 13 November 2018. Even tardigrades, the go-to survivor for those who deny the impacts of abrupt climate change on life, are unlikely to survive, according to a paper in the 9 January 2020 issue of Scientific Reports. If the organisms on which we depend do not survive, if even tardigrades do not survive, then humans will not survive.” Quoted from this article published by Counterpunch titled: Extinction Foretold, Extinction Ignored.

On next weeks episode of Nature Bats Last Professor McPherson and I will be interviewing  George Tsakraklides on his recent article titled “Collapse means Collapse.”the interview can be found at the NBL archive shortly after the live broadcast on The Progressive Radio Network.
‘People believe what they want to believe. It is a striking-yet all too familiar-fact about human beings that our belief-forming processes can be so distorted by fears, desires, and prejudices that an otherwise sensible person may sincerely uphold a false claim about the world despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. When we describe someone as being “in denial,” we mean that he or she is personally threatened by some set of facts and consequently fails to assess the situation properly according to the evidence, instead arguing and interpreting evidence in light of a pre-established conclusion.’
— From the ‘cover notes’ of Adrian Bardon’s book, THE TRUTH ABOUT DENIAL

As I have written before: The New Climate Denial Position is to deny Abrupt Climate Change. 


I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour. Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

Posted in Early Stage Runaway, George Tsakraklides, Nature Bats Last, Near Term Human Extinction--NTHE, Professor Guy McPherson
9 comments on “Cognitive Dissonance and Outright Lies at the Edge of Extinction
  1. Sheila chambers says:

    The fat lady is singing loudly but who can hear her over all the noise from that CIRCUS?
    “Global warming is a Chinese hoax”, “the economy is BOOMING!” The “green new deal” will save us, all we need to do is for all of us to become VEGAN or FAST, Just keep it in the ground, buy EV’s,buy solar panels, buy wind turbines buy buy buy, I think I have heard all this crap before!
    Gotta keep the stooges BUYING that Chinese crap, kick the homeless down the road, those lazy bums! So what if a ‘bot or Chinese slave has your job, find another invisible job before that illegal immigrant takes it.56

    Just how STUPID are we?
    Most of us actually believe in fairy tales, “sustainable” growth, green new deal, renewables, now the dems call for open borders, just let the worlds pregnant, poor, needy & unskilled flood in & hold their hands out after all, aren’t all ‘mericans as rich as the Cardashians?
    Look at all that “empty” land, as they look out at the great ‘merican DESERT, there is plenty of space for more GROWTH, we could sustain 10 BILLION people or more! Just stack ’em up like cord wood & stuff them all inside Texas!

    Here on the Oregon coast, it’s HOT, DRY & fruit trees are blooming, not good news for farmers but who worries about farmers, we can allways import food, but Australia WAS one of the worlds bread baskets, now they have to IMPORT WHEAT! Will we be the next food exporting country that will have to import food from elsewhere, but WHERE?

    Climate disruption is collapsing crops every where, hungry, thirsty, unemployed, unskilled migrants will be on the move by the tens of thousands to a border near YOU!

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    • Sheila chambers says:

      I added “56” at the end of a sentance, & it finally posted, WTF!
      That’s NUTS!

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    • wqjcv says:

      Human behavior wasn’t stupid in the sense that it served us well in our evolutionary past.
      Not this time.

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      • Sheila chambers says:

        Yes, it serves us well until we got “smart” enough to exploit the energy & resources in COAL, OIL & NATURAL GAS. Then it got all out of whack & totally out of reason.
        Our animal instincts overruled our smarts so we fed our growth with a temporary resource, Now we are so far into overshoot that no matter what we do now, we are still toast!
        Our RULERS prevent us from stopping our growth, the made birth control, sex education & abortions illegal, punish women & their doctors who provide an abortion. push for endless growth that only benifits them, even as climate disruption gets worse, the still force more growth on us.

        There are even some governors that want to turn their state into a “christian” state! What will they do to Jews, Hindus, Moslums, Buddists, Jains, Atheists etc?
        The “final solution”?

        If they believe they can escape in their luxury bunkers, their wrong, they will still fry, just a little later.

        I tried to “like” the other posts but WordPress won’t allow it.

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    • Marie says:

      Thank you Kevin… as usual, you are right on! Thank you for naming it.

      I sometimes feel like I’m Crazy. It is so weird to see business as usual happening all around me when I know things are absolutely coming apart. Nobody’s talking about it and it seems as if nobody cares. This is the biggest news story ever. And it is downplayed and ignored. I’ve had several people tell me they just don’t want to know, Then they go on to discuss their pension and plans for a baby.

      I really don’t want to be right but the signs are everywhere. I fear how people are going to react when things become blatantly obvious.

      Oddly enough I’m experiencing this right now in regards to the coronavirus at my own level one trauma hospital. The administrators seem unwilling to prepare or even talk about it. They put us on activation level one but failed to give us any preparation. My boss was getting irritated with my questions about testing. She seem to know nothing.

      Big big big sigh.

      Thank you again for being a voice of sanity in an insane world.

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  2. Kevin, there was not a SINGLE question about climate collapse at the Democratic debate yesterday. Not ONE FUCKING PEEP out of these useless excuses for a supposedly ‘progressive’ and ‘evolved’ Homo Sapiens, the exceptional species who was clever enough to invent nuclear bombs to use on each other but too goddamned stupid to get rid of them when they figured out just how insanely dangerous they are. And I’m not even going to mention the other corporate party and their batshit crazy, dementia-plagued, dear leader…

    No, I don’t watch tv, only read about what went on. I don’t think I could handle actually listening to these bozos. I’d throw up.Talk about cognitive dissonance!!! The wealthy will destroy the species, crash the current Empire, because that’s what they’ve always done in the past empires.
    Big sigh.

    So this week, again, I’ve been walking around outside in the full sunny afternoons. Today, a short-sleeve t-shirt & very light sweat pants because it is over 50’F/10C+. I could break out the summer shorts but…it’s February, ya know? I refuse to put on warm weather clothes. But the sunshine feels MUCH warmer hitting the skin. I could get sunburned very easily I think. Oh wait, it isn’t February it is LATE APRIL. I did take my ’78 Bahne 27″ Bullet ‘Bob Mohr’ pool rider and skated around town doing errands yesterday. First skateboarding of the year…and it’s February.

    The nearly bare-of-snow mountains all around me look…naked, and there should be 3-4 feet covering the property on this day 27Feb. There is maybe an inch or two of icy crap here and there, and still in the shaded areas under the big trees, but the rest is sticky mud or squishy wet snow that freezes every night. What is missing on the peaks around me…is horrifying. Winter used to be my favorite time of year. There will be a point where the ski & snowboarding industry will die out due to unpredictable weather and lack of snow (or too much rain).

    The local snowboarding hill, admittedly a low-elevation peak, but at 49’N latitude it used to average 305″ a season. They say they are at 100″ of base on top, and they’re lying. Not a chance there is that amount of snowpack on the Peak. The night temperatures are still below freezing is all that is saving them. There is nearly zero snow piled along the road up to the resort.

    There are bugs out flying around, and I stepped over a butterfly sitting on a step of the porch two hours ago. It was alive but seems a bit disoriented. I put it up on the railing after it crawled up on my hand but…it won’t survive the temperature drop after dark I don’t think. One day of life for it…

    People in town continue to walk around actually COMPLEMENTING how nice the weather has been this month. And I make sure to look suitably shocked when I ask them where do they think they live, California? These are the mountains next to freaking Canada, folks, and what do they think is normal for February for the last ten thousand years of human occupancy that we know about? They look…confused and confounded for a moment or two before they come back with ‘But the weather is so nice.’ Their eyes go BLANK, Kevin. It’s really freaking scary.

    I can actually see their brains stuttering, gears clashing behind their eyes, then the cognitive dissonance takes completely over their brain and they come out with that!

    I can’t fucking stand this, Kevin. My tolerance level for stupid is tanking like the climate, and I find myself sticking vicious verbal needles into people with questions like “How long do you think your water is going to keep coming out of the faucet when the aquifer below your feet is NOT refilling with melting snowpack because there ISN’T any fucking snowpack?’ Or what do you think the fire season is going to be like around here this year? Or lost your fire insurance did you, well why do you think that is?

    The reply often is ‘You are so depressing, seal’ or ‘I’ve got kids/grandkids and I can’t think that way for THEIR SAKE.”

    They. Can’t. Think. That. Way. For. Their. Kids. Sake.

    My mouth just hangs open at this point I imagine. Can you think of a better way to describe ‘cognitive dissonance?’

    There is not a goddamned thing I can do about any of this. Just watch it unfold and wait for people to go completely, unhinged, murderously insane, when the term ‘abrupt’ suddenly becomes part of the reality out their front door. How damaged and hungry does one have to be to catch and butcher the neighbors fat little kid who plays video games all day long? Four days without food? Ten days? A month? By then they won’t be able to run down their prey…

    I’m ranting, I know I’m ranting, and I’m going to go smoke a big fat stinky sticky bud. And I rarely do that in the daytime.

    Kevin, if you meet up with some intelligent beings from another solar system that made it through this bottleneck our species finds itself in and became sane, and they offer to take you for a ride, give me a call…


    Cognitive Dissonance OZ style:

    Burning the Future: the Growing Anger of Young Australians

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    • Sheila chambers says:

      Seal, there is NO “other party”, it’s just ONE party with two different names. “Both” parties are run by GREEDY, STUPID, IGNORANT, FUNDAMENTALIST CHRISTIAN MORONS! We have some govenors who want to make their state a CHRISTIAN STATE!!!
      Here we go AGAIN!
      So who will be their PREY this time? Jews, Jains, Mormons, Hindus, Muslums, etc, Atheists are always popular for a “roasting” at the stake.

      It’s been abnormally warm & dry here as well, flowers are blooming, I only saw one very small, skinny moth however, insects here are on the way out. “my” swallows haven’t been able to breed for YEARS, last year they were desperate but no hope for babies, no dam INSECTS.
      Most people believe insects are nasty, dirty, filthy creepy critters, but I LOVE insects & I wish I had more of them, for the swallows, sparrows, doves, woodpeckers, swifts, ducks etc etc.

      Trump believers are the most STUPID, IGNORANT things I have ever seen or heard,
      What will they do when Armadeden comes but Jesus doesn’t ?
      Unless he jacks off! ;^p

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  3. My dearly beloved son has now fallen victim of a climate denier YouTube influencer, creating friction between us. My decision this year to become a vegetarian for the sake of a sustainable future for our planet doesn’t sit well with my son’s meat-eating preferences.

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  4. waterwise1 says:

    Dear Mr. Hester, In my opinion, cognitive dissonance is a mental condition that individuals have minimal control synchronizing behaviors and actions with beliefs, a duality of self that an individual might not possess enough self awareness to recognize the flaws inherent in this mental state. I’m far less generous than I perceive you are. While I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment and confusion at public lack of appropriate reaction, I believe that many people are purposefully ignoring the evidence you cite, and acting clearly in their own self interests, Macchievlian style. Somehow these people have devised an understanding that allows them to continue functioning in the way that they “want”. Its deliberate. They recognize climate disruption is occurring and they are going to try and out run it by using whatever resources they can exploit to accomplish that end. That is why you New Zealanders are experiencing so many transplants with means. Those nice people are trying to construct enclaves to live reasonably comfortably while much of humanity suffers extinction fall out, more than it is currently experiencing. I know some of those people. They have rationales to explain away almost all environmental catastrophies. This allows them to continue watching Netflix, eating Soylent Green like burgers at McDonalds and purchasing larger stretchy clothes from China. Joie d vivre in the U.S.

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Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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