It's very easy to imagine how existing problems can give rise to new problems. But it's also possible that our existing solutions give rise to problems. Quick and easy fix? I wouldn't count on it as much as on a long term plan.


It is easier to undermine the value of experience in face of insurmountable knowledge. Reading and understanding your favourite book does give you knowledge about it, but the expertise needed to write such a book only comes with experience. Experience doesn't come as you age, it comes through exploration and experimentation.


The long-term negative outcome (dramatic changes in the climate) is far away in the future. The individual benefits are occurring right now (such as driving to work alone in one’s own car). Thus making it difficult to see how many costs there really are. Similarly, short-term costs of a behaviour lead individuals to avoid performing …