Post-doom Thinking and Living 101
These two videos are a “crash course” in post-doom and deeply adaptive thinking and living. They contain a distillation of humanity’s best and most up-to-date collective intelligence regarding Earth system science, ecology, abrupt climate change, environmental history, and collapsology — notably, the key differences between genuinely sustainable (pro-future) cultures and self-destructive & ecocidal (anti-future) civilizations. Special attention is given to how we can support each other in staying sane, sober, and inspired in chaotic and challenging times. Given the visually rich and multi-disciplinary nature of the information packed into these two programs, watching without multi-tasking (rather than skimming or merely listening) is advised.
Finding Meaning in the Dark: Sobering Inspiration for Hard Times
• Where are we? • What lies ahead? • How then shall we live?
1. The Big Picture — Understanding our predicament and our trajectory
2. What’s inevitable? futile? — Accepting reality, and avoiding frustration
3. Post-doom inspiration — Remember who you are and what matters most
4. What can we do? — Engaging in prophetic and redemptive Great Work
Embracing Our Predicament: Trading Confusion for Clarity
• How did we get here? • Why was it unavoidable? • What now?
1. First Things First — Our name for primary reality is a life or death issue
2. Sustainable = Faithful — The evo-eco purpose of religion and of science
3. Progressing toward Ecocide?! – History’s verdict: human-centeredness
4. Problems vs. Predicaments — 5 stages of awareness / ‘post-doom’ living
SOUNDCLOUD PLAYLISTS: (A) All of Michael Dowd’s “Grace Limits / Deep Sustainability / Deep Adaptation” playlists, (B) Post-Doom Soul Nourishment, (C) Jem Bendell & Deep Adaptation, (D) Bodhi Paul Chefurka, (E) Barbara Cecil & Dahr Jamail, (F) William R. Catton, Jr, (G) RIP Homo colossus, (H) William Ophuls, (I) John Michael Greer, (J) Richard Heinberg, (K) Tim Watkins, (L) Edward (Teddy) Goldsmith, (M) Vicki Robin, (N) John Halstead, (O) Richard Adrian Reese, (P) Kingsnorth, Hine & The Dark Mountain Project, (Q) Damaris Zehner, (R) Erik Lindberg, (S) William E. Rees, (T) Adam Sacks, (U) Ugo Bardi, (V) Meteorologist Nick Humphrey, (W) Adam Sacks, (Y) Why technology won’t save us or the environment, and (Z) Dowd & Barlow’s 2009-2016 podcasts: “Inspiring Naturalism” and “Evolving Faith” and “America’s Evolutionary Evangelists“and “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness“.
Latest tracks can be found below.
Let’s Talk Collapse
A most helpful (and beautifully designed) single-page guide geared towards newcomers and those unfamiliar with collapse-awareness. It is a collection of the most relevant researchers, lectures, books, podcasts, and other resources as determined through an ongoing, collaborative sampling of the collapse community (r/collapse). It also serves as the wiki for the collapse subreddit community and others who are collapse literate.
There’s No Tomorrow: Energy and Limits to Growth: (2012: 35 min)
What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire (2011 – 2:05)
The Age of Stupid (2009: 1:29)
Surviving Progress (2011: 1:22) A mind expanding documentary narrated by Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress
Four Horsemen (2012 – 1:39)
Growing Pains: The Ecological Cost of an Insatiable Economy (2019: 48 min)
The Crisis of Civilization – Full Length Documentary (2012: 1:17)
Blind Spot – Peak Oil and the Coming Global Crisis (2008 – 1:26)
Disobedience (2016 Full Movie: 41 min)
Final Warning Limits to Growth (2015: 42 min)
Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction (2010: 1:20)
The Cross of the Moment – by Jacob Freydont-Attie (2015: 1:24)
Climate Change Film: If You Love Your Children (2014: 22 min)
The Human Predicament by Nate Hagens (2019)
Energy, Money, Technology: A View from the Superorganism (2018: 1:20) Nate Hagens
Impermanence & Death Resources
A Scientific Understanding of Impermanence and Death as Sacred – Inspiring, evidence-based video, audio, and text resources and rituals related to impermanence, mortality, and death, created by Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow.
Michael Dowd’s 2014 TEDx Talk:
“Reality Reconciles Science & Religion”
Michael Dowd’s 2012 TEDx Talk:
“Why We Struggle and Suffer”