August 19, 2010

Ego vs environment

Three-cloverleafNumeracy vs. feel-good (Practical Ethics) - I blog about the PNAS paper showing that people are bad at estimating energy savings. Basically a continuation of my jihad against lack of innumeracy and lack of proportion.

I wonder how much of people preference for curtailment rather than efficiency increases is due to anti-modernity sentiments and propaganda? It could be, as I argue in the other post, that it is just because curtailment has immediacy that people go for it as the better choice, but I suspect at least some thinks it is more virtuous to go without. Which doesn't help the environment, but does stroke their own self esteem.

Posted by Anders3 at August 19, 2010 09:59 PM