The Self-Deceiver (Homo delusus)

  • Julian Cribb


The power of belief and its impact on the human future. How beliefs are formed and why. The central beliefs—money, politics, religion, the human narrative—and how they hinder us from saving ourselves. Risks of unsound beliefs. Value of science + belief. Solutions include: dematerialising the economy, shifting political, religious and human narratives to a survival/cooperation focus rather than a competition/exploitation focus.


Illusion Belief Science Money Religion Politics Human narrative Dematerialisation Morality Survival Co-operation 


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  • Julian Cribb
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  1. 1.CanberraAustralia

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