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New Philosopher Issue 28 - No.2/2020

New Philosopher is for curious people seeking solutions to the fundamental problems faced by humankind. New Philosopher is devoted to exploring philosophical ideas from past and present thinkers on ways to live a more fulfilling life, and to seek to find solutions to the most pressing problems faced by humans in contemporary society.

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“We seek with our human hands to create a second nature in the natural world.”Cicero As we kicked off 2020, we industrious humans of the Anthropocene had successfully completed a run of the five hottest years on record. And nothing was going to stop us making that ten out of ten. Despite knowing full well that our actions were responsible for increasing temperatures, we couldn't change our ways. As former British Prime Minister Tony Blair put it, “The blunt truth about the politics of climate change is that no country will want to sacrifice its economy.” When COVID-19 rolled over the top of the world’s best-laid plans for the new decade, and country after country sacrificed its economy, it became clear that the couldn’t was really more like a wouldn’t. Yes we…

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online at

newphilosopher.com is an online portal for exploring philosophical ideas on ways to live a more fulfilling life. Read the articles, join in discussions, watch free online documentaries and plan your trip to the next festival near you. newphilosopher.com Unexpected change There is little that we can do to prepare for unexpected change – you can’t prepare for something you can’t foresee. Every crisis is an opportunity And let us always bear in mind that every crisis is an opportunity. An opportunity to think, to get to know and evaluate ourselves and those around us better. New Philosopher online store New Philosopher Grandstander in the family The philosophers put it like this: “Shut up and submit to my view of the world or I’ll shame and embarrass you! I’m the morally good one here!”…

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Charley Lineweaver Charley Lineweaver is the convenor of ANU’s Planetary Science Institute and holds a joint appointment as an associate professor in the Research School of Earth Sciences. He obtained a PhD in astrophysics from UC Berkeley. Lineweaver has written chapters for several books, including Our Place in the Universe, and has written for Scientific American, Newton Graphic Science Magazine, and The Canberra Times on black holes, the origin of the universe, time-warps, and the Big Bang. Oliver Burkeman Oliver Burkeman is a writer based in New York. He is the winner of the Foreign Press Association’s Young Journalist of the Year and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2006. His books include HELP! How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done and The Antidote: Happiness for People Who…

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scientific consensus

Academia Chilena de Ciencias, ChileAcademia das Ciencias de Lisboa, PortugalAcademia de Ciencias de la República DominicanaAcademia de Ciencias Físicas, Matemáticas y Naturales de VenezuelaAcademia de Ciencias Medicas, Fisicas y Naturales de GuatemalaAcademia Mexicana de Ciencias,MexicoAcademia Nacional de Ciencias de BoliviaAcademia Nacional de Ciencias del PeruAcadémie des Sciences et Techniques du SénégalAcadémie des Sciences, FranceAcademies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of CanadaAcademy of AthensAcademy of Science of MozambiqueAcademy of Science of South AfricaAcademy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)Academy of Sciences MalaysiaAcademy of Sciences of MoldovaAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicAcademy of Sciences of the Islamic Republic of IranAcademy of Scientific Research and Technology, EgyptAcademy of the Royal Society of New ZealandAccademia Nazionale dei Lincei, ItalyAfrica Centre for Climate and Earth Systems ScienceAfrican Academy of SciencesAlbanian Academy of SciencesAmazon…

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revenge pollution

“The only plots against us are within our own walls,—the danger is within,—the enemy is within. We must war with luxury, with madness, with wickedness.”–Cicero With the world on pause due to COVID-19, almost overnight greenhouse gas emissions, most notably NO2, dropped dramatically. Having campaigned tirelessly for change for decades, it seemed that environmentalists had finally got what they had been asking for, albeit thanks to fear of a killer virus rather than concerted action from governments worldwide to tackle the extinction event that is of our own making. This sudden shift offers hope that change is indeed possible, but at the same time poses a problem: will we simply return to business as usual at some stage in the near future; or, worse still, double-down on emissions in a desperate bid…

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turning down the thermostat

We like to simplify complex systems down to everyday scales.Take national economies, which politicians love to compare to household budgets, giving us the comforting illusion of control. The everyday scale allows us to use common sense, and say things like: don’t spend more than you earn. The problem is that a national economy is far more complicated than any household. For one thing, government spending is so big it directly affects the economy as a whole. But bringing in all that complexity isn’t very comforting. Another complex system that has been scaled down is the global climate. The US National Research Council, for instance, said in a 2015 report that “the climate system can be compared to a heating system with two knobs, either of which can be used to set…