Cognitive Distortions In Human Extinction Beliefs

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Cognitive Distortions In Human Extinction Beliefs // Published on Feb 18, 2017

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a powerful technique often used by mental health practitioners to help patients deal with mental and emotional ailments. In CBT thinking, there are basically 10 main types of distorted thinking habits that derail people’s mental well-being.

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Many so-called climate doomers (aka NTHE; Near-Term Human Extinction folk) congregate in social media echo chambers, absolutely convinced that 7.5 billion people will die within 18 months, 3 years, 9 years…

I think this is absolutely ridiculous, and discuss how this thinking typifies all 10 CBT distortions.


About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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6 Responses to Cognitive Distortions In Human Extinction Beliefs

  1. jay says:

    Hope you’re right Paul! 🙂 If the head shrinks are right our worries are postponed for another 40 years!? So why do we need the 3 legged bar stool!? It’s not methane just plain ole CO2 and feedback kickins! 🙂 Happy days are still here!


  2. Rainydays says:

    The NTHE folk don’t believe in geo engineering, which Paul seem to advocate as our last hope. I guess Paul would be a NTHE buff as well if he didn’t believe in giant bubble machines?


  3. jay says:

    Hi paul! 🙂 We all love you!? But GM is more on the ball but……!? Time will judge us all into extinction sooner or later! Hope you’re right paul- so the human race is not in deep but moderate shit!? That’s comforting!


  4. Dale Lanan says:

    Errors of Logic whirl within Closed system Dime conversion world governed by Bank Bling to bits..
    Einstein said you can’t get out of a mess using the same logic set in a quantum change once set.
    IF you peer into a box of Cat ~to observe it changes the) subject as if madness of system isolation… So to Tap Act of God writ: don’t cross 2nd Law Thermodynamics with System Isolation. -Don’t time value in quantum mechanics experiment but to gain insight from lessons learned with bravery 2C.
    The TV brain-washing Corporate vehicle delivers the vital repetition of the lie that Consumerist World Bank of Bling Projection of lifestyle is attainable but the exhaust and force of harm to others’ circular reasoning in a geologically speaking point of time in one universe one off in a kindness to Body garden where once a story of an apple falling relative gravity was told by a Great man.. Ta.
    Well, I’m saying tall order ta small n can out accelerate the force of cascade failure with jump shot


  5. Jack says:

    Hi Paul,
    You likely won’t remember me but I sent you an article a couple of years back about the growing heat ‘blob’ in the pacific before the ‘monster’ El Nino struck last year. Not that it matters.

    I’ve been a supporter of you since I watched your first video on Youtube. A defender as well when others have called you a crackpot, which was fairly often. But now I find myself puzzled by your last three videos about Guy McPherson. I’m not defending his position, by the way, just writing to ask you about your tone. It seems uncharacteristically angry. I’m not sure what to makle of them.

    From what I can remember of your predilections, and I believe I’ve watched every one of your videos for the last few years, some more than once, your position was quite similiar to his. You were more introspective as to specific predictions than Guy, that’s so, but the overall message was quite similiar.

    I’m curious as to what it was that caused you to make such an about face. Was it the new paper about methane release that was recently released,

    Was it the new university you’re working for that you’ve mentioned on the last three videos? Your attacks seem a bit disengenious, honestly.

    I don’t mean this to sound like an attack on yourself, I hasten to add. Just curious.


  6. tmkowal says:

    hi Paul, Jack’s question is a good one. Prior videos have collated you together with Guy….. any reason for taking this tack now? Cheers Mark


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