Blog 8: The Honesty in the dishonesty behind Conspiracy Theories

The Kernel: The hangover from the current pandemic has now produced a secondary epidemic wave but of another type: Infodemic. This has led to conspiracy theories, protest rallies against the shelter-in-place orders, public defiance against these orders, and misinformation even from our governmental actors. In times of uncertainty, people gravitate toward certainty, even if this imperils them further. What started as an affront to our biological state is now waking up psychological states that risk endangering the former. Climate Collapse in many ways is the same product of this need towards certainty brought on by uncertainty. Unfortunately, as the planet furthers itself in reparation, we become more susceptible to false prophets who prey on the same vulnerability that pulls us into conspiracy theories. This writing explores, by using infodemic psychological responses, the link between our exoteric symptoms and our esoteric causes as a means to counteract this susceptibility that will also hinder our ability to deeply adapt.

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Blog 7: The Purple Revolution

I am from Malaysia, and it was a beautiful country. It is known as the Caribbean of Asia, with the Portuguese coming in the 15th century, the Dutch in the 16th, the British in the 18th, and the Japanese during WW2. We also had the Arab traders who brought Islam in the 11th century, the Chinese came in the 8th century, and the Indians in the 10th century. As you can see, it was a real melting pot where there were so many cultures, languages, religions, and especially the foods that had eventually blended with each other to create its own unique cuisine that is found nowhere else. And I am biased to say Malaysian food is even better than it’s parent origin. Continue reading “Blog 7: The Purple Revolution”

Blog 6: Part 2, The Psychology of Dissonance

The Kernel:  The dissonance in Climate Crisis is often a result of a threat that produces responses initially justifiable to ourselves but unjustifiable to others. As social creatures, we usually frame risk through group norms. And when we do that, we avoid taking the longer path of further investment of time and resources in procuring situation-specific data. This avoidance bypasses the risk of potentially preventing us from responding to threats in a timely and appropriate way.

When our initial response and our group response are at odds with each other, we resolve this difference using one or several of three ways. This resolving allows us to eventually reframe our initial reaction to fit both the group’s response as well as a new one for ourselves. Even though this helps us remain consistent with the group norm (and finally to ourselves), it also produces inaction towards Climate Crisis.
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