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Debate: The Impact of the Oil Sands on Canada’s Democracy and Economy
June 1, 2013, Toronto Globe and Mail. Thomas Homer-Dixon and Konrad Yakabuski debated the costs and benefits to Canada of the oil sands industry.
Resolved: The oil sands industry is distorting Canada’s economy and eroding its democracy in ways that will exact an enormous cost on our society over the long term. Go to Oil Sands Debate
April 1st, 2013 –
Many Canadians want the tar sands industry stopped, because it’s relentlessly twisting our society into something we don’t like. Canada is beginning to exhibit the economic and political characteristics of a petro-state.
Go to “The Tar Sands Disaster.”
Listen to a recent related interview on CBC Radio’s As It Happens.
Arctic Sea-Ice Loss and Extreme Weather: An op-ed in the Toronto Globe and Mail
Ice loss in the Arctic boosts the likelihood of extreme weather—heat waves, flooding, severe drought, and even prolonged snowfall and cold spells—across the Northern Hemisphere’s mid-latitudes. Go to “Ice, Please—Climate on the Rocks.“
May 31st, 2012 –
On May 31, 2012, I gave a speech at Congress 2012, the premier Canadian conference of scholars from the humanities and social sciences, explaining how we can use complexity science to better understand the increasingly surprising behavior of our world. See the speech here.
Catastrophic Dehumanization: the Psychological Dynamics of Severe Conflict
A presentation at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, April 17, 2012.
Dehumanization is arguably a defining feature of the most brutal acts of human violence, such as saturation bombardment of civilian populations, terrorist attacks on urban centers, intense battlefield combat, and genocide. I propose a psychological explanation of this phenomenon that uses a catastrophe manifold to describe a set of psychological states in an individual’s mind and the possible pathways of movement between these states. The manifold exists in a three-dimensional phase space defined by the variables identity, justice, and structural constraint. It specifies five hypotheses about the causes and dynamics of dehumanization. Taken together, these hypotheses represent an overarching theory of the nonlinear collapse of identification at the level of the individual.