The Ernest Becker Foundation
|UVTEC 5 Faculty|
|Wednesday, 21 September 2011 13:56|
Janis L. Dickinson, Associate Professor, Natural Resources, Director of Citizen Science, Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University. Read Janis Dickinson's paper, "The People Paradox: Self-Esteem Striving, Immortality Ideologies, and Human Response to Climate Change" here.
Sheldon Solomon, Professor of Psychology at Skidmore College. He is an experimental social psychologist, with interests focusing on the nature of self, consciousness and social behavior.
William H. Calvin, theoretical neurobiologist, Affiliate Professor Emeritus, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington. He is the author of a dozen books, mostly for general readers, about brains and evolution.
Ronald Friesen says many welcome the warming ushering in the end of the world and the creation of the new heaven and earth. A Beckerian understanding of denial may create a connecting point for those who want to escape the apocalypticism of American Christian Fundamentalism.
Richard Young, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, History, Political Sciences, Seattle University. Richard graduated from Lawrence College and did graduate work in history at Northwestern and Edinburgh Universities. He received his doctorate in political science from Stanford University. Dr. Young has written numerous papers and articles on American race relations, political reform, and the environmental crisis. He is currently writing a book whose working title is "Problem-Solving Politics: A Strategy for Achieving Ecological Sustainability and Economic Prosperity." He is president of a not-for-profit organization committed to solving environmental and economic problems through the existing political system.
Karen Litfin, Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Washington. She specializes in global environmental politics, with core interests in green theory, the science/policy interface, and "person/planet politics." She sends her thoughts:
Laughing at Death
Becker “too dark?” He said laughter reflects a very advanced stage of faith and grace. See Neil’s "Laughing at Death: The evolution of humor to disarm fundamentalism.”
Download a .pdf version of Neil's essay here.