Deep Dumb: A Map For Navigating Needless Panic

Deep Dumb: A Map For Navigating Needless Panic

I found it rather comforting to learn Professor Jem Bendell, among his other achievements, has an “honors” Bachelor of Arts. He boasts of this, and therefore it must be important, in his monumental new work which assures us social collapse is “inevitable.” (He also has a blog where he writes of himself in the third person.)

Regular readers here are, of course, inclined to agree with any forecast of doom. Short of a Great Awakening or a Napoleon willing to turn the cannons on the maddening rabble it is difficult to see how we can avoid a leftist singularity.

But this isn’t the kind of collapse our Bendell foresees. He thinks we will be struck down by…guess, just guess.

Now this must be some paper, for a magazine devoted to sexual perversion said the paper is “So Depressing It’s Sending People to Therapy: On average, three people read an academic paper. At least 100,000 have read this — and a lot of them haven’t taken it very well”.

What if I told you there was a paper on climate change that was so uniquely catastrophic, so perspective-altering and so absolutely depressing that it’s sent people to support groups and encouraged them to quit their jobs and move to the countryside?

Glad you asked, Vice. I take it as evidence of the weak mindedness of a key segment of the population, and additional proof of SJW-induced impending doom.

Here is an actual quotation from Bendell’s science paper: “As disturbing information on climate change passed across my screen, this was the question I could no longer ignore, and therefore decided to take a couple of months to analyse the latest climate science.”

Diary writing substituting for actual writing is not new, unfortunately. For instance in all academic disciplines devoted to Diversity, it is positively de rigueur (well documented by New Real Peer Review).

We can be glad, though, that this non-physicist took a “couple of months” to investigate the complexities of thermodynamic transfer in fluids on rotating spheres. Took the rest of us years of study; but Bendell does have that Honors degree.

More science: “To illustrate, a search on Google Scholar returns over 40,000 hits for the term ‘climate adaptation.’ In answering the questions I set for myself in this paper, I will not be reviewing that existing field and scholarship. One might ask ‘why not’?”

One might; I won’t dare.

We do not know for certain how disruptive the impacts of climate change will be or where will be most affected, especially as economic and social systems will respond in complex ways. But the evidence is mounting that the impacts will be catastrophic to our livelihoods and the societies that we live within. Our norms of behaviour, that we call our “civilisation,” may also degrade. When we contemplate this possibility, it can seem abstract. The words I ended the previous paragraph with may seem, subconsciously at least, to be describing a situation to feel sorry about as we witness scenes on TV or online. But when I say starvation, destruction, migration, disease and war, I mean in your own life. With the power down, soon you wouldn’t have water coming out of your tap. You will depend on your neighbours for food and some warmth. You will become malnourished. You won’t know whether to stay or go. You will fear being violently killed before starving to death.

These descriptions may seem overly dramatic. Some readers might consider them an unacademic form of writing. Which would be an interesting comment on why we even write at all.

Don’t you judge me.

Leadership theorist Jonathan Gosling has raised the question of whether we need a more “radical hope” in the context of climate change and a growing sense of “things falling apart” (Gosling, 2016). He invites us to explore what we could learn from other cultures that have faced catastrophe. Examining the way Native American Indians coped with being moved on to reservations, Lear (2008) looked at what he calls the “blind spot” of any culture: the inability to conceive of its own destruction and possible extinction.

How does one become a “leadership theorist”? Does it have anything to do with “‘terror management theory’ proposed by Jeff Greenberg, Sheldon Solomon, and Tom Pyszczynski (2015)”?

The third factor influencing denial is institutional. I have worked for over 20 years within or with organisations working on the sustainability agenda, in non-profit, private and governmental sectors. In none of these sectors is there an obvious institutional self-interest in articulating the probability or inevitability of social collapse.

Yes. Silence is common among the Greenpeaces of the world.

For instance, there are thousands of people on Facebook groups who believe human extinction is near. In such groups I have witnessed how people who doubt extinction is either inevitable or coming soon are disparaged by some participants for being weak and deluded.

Facebook knows best.

Writing about that perspective makes me sad. Even four years after I first let myself consider near-term extinction properly, not as something to dismiss, it still makes my jaw drop, eyes moisten, and air escape my lungs. I have seen how the idea of INTHE [Inevitable Near Term Human Extinction] can lead me to focus on truth, love and joy in the now, which is wonderful, but how it can also make me lose interest in planning for the future. And yet I always come around to the same conclusion — we do not know.

At least I now see why Vice loves this paper. We’ll stop here.


  1. Well, if they’re so depressed over the coming extinction, perhaps they should do all the rest of us a favor and reduce their carbon emissions to zero. It’s for the planet.

    “Short of a Great Awakening or a Napoleon willing to turn the cannons on the maddening rabble it is difficult to see how we can avoid a leftist singularity.” – There is a reason why the teenagers are being called “generation Zyklon”. They take the leftist/globalist threat seriously, and have grown up knowing we are engaged in a cultural war to the death. As the saying goes, the kids are all right.

  2. John B()

    Isn’t INTHE a good thing for the planet?

    The nightmare scenario he discusses sounds like something that happens when we give it to the government to solve – Venezuela?

  3. Joy

    You’re all predicting social collapse.
    When something bad happens in living memory who are you going to say was right? Who will be to blame and who gets the credit?
    Will the ones with the BETTER models be vindicated?
    Or MAYBE the ones with the prettier models!!!
    Ask the man with the sandwich board predicting the end of the world.
    Ask Al Gore.
    Ask the never Trumper. *that’s a rude thing to say in England.
    Ask a hopeless person.
    While you’re there, tell them all to stop moaning.

  4. Hoyos

    Paper encourages short term thinking! Which is what I was going to do anyway! It’s great!

    There’s something so childish about the terminal rebellion against convention you see in Vice. They’re rebelling against the people who make their shoes, their cars, their tech, and grow their food.

    Gavin McInnes aged out of it, started a family, and became Catholic. He didn’t actually want to wreck civilization, because civilization is great.

  5. Sheri

    It’s not climate change, it’s massive stupidity. That’s what takes us down.

  6. Bob

    Way back when the Y2K scare was the thing, I questioned a guy what he was going to do to personally prepare for the pending apocalypse. Would he hoard food, gold and silver, or other commodities?

    His answer was, “I am investing in whiskey and ammunition. If things go wrong, I will get drunk and take what I want”.

    He was kidding, I thought, but right now his advice sounds pretty good. If the Zombie or climate apocalypse comes I can put ammo and whiskey to good use. If nothing goes wrong, these items will still be of value.

  7. DAV

    If the apocalypse comes you will have something to sell.

  8. Michael Ozanne

    The gospel according to Bendell:

    “In the scientific community at the moment, the appropriate thing is to say that 2018 was an anomaly. However, if you look at what’s been happening over the last few years, it isn’t an anomaly. There’s a possibility that 2018 is the new best case scenario.”

    the Data:
    Crop 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018e 2019f
    Soft wheat 141,334 130,395 127,847 131,142 125,913 136,217 149,684 152,516 134,963 143,143 129,745 141,893
    Durum wheat 10,061 9,215 9,443 8,583 8,414 8,044 7,704 8,389 9,674 8,810 8,756 8,384
    Grain maize 65,928 60,138 59,944 70,741 59,600 67,048 77,961 59,287 63,085 65,071 69,343 68,665
    Barley 65,714 62,336 53,110 51,866 55,002 61,101 60,728 61,931 59,974 58,810 56,626 60,725
    Triticale 11,041 12,075 10,764 10,163 10,186 11,563 13,224 12,785 11,829 11,691 9,956 10,619
    Oat 8,948 8,465 7,437 7,855 7,927 8,371 7,767 7,585 8,138 8,197 7,717 8,042
    Rye 9,289 9,877 7,732 6,819 8,712 10,452 9,048 7,796 7,406 7,373 6,296 8,029
    Sorghum 516 610 614 679 497 729 930 720 669 722 847 776
    Other cereals 5,072 5,342 4,270 4,459 5,111 4,055 3,999 3,453 3,584 4,182 3,752 3,640

    Total cereals 317,903 298,453 281,163 292,307 281,360 307,579 331,044 314,461 299,322 307,997 293,037 310,773

    The Conclusion:

    The good professor seems to be a reclining duffel of ordure, he hasn’t even done us the courtesy of making his lies hard to discover.

  9. Joy – I’m not predicting the collapse of society. I’m reporting that it has already taken place.

  10. Joy


    That’s a reasonable position.
    “doom’ is like tomorrow…
    Accept it if people thinks it’s true, worrying about something that’s already happened or perceived as might be is not a great help in dealing with outcomes. Not advice, just my opinion.
    Perhaps I”m closer to the epicentre than some people think. Everybody’s in a different place.
    Perhaps some are at a ‘safe’ distance!

  11. Joy

    Sorry for the typos. Including the missing capital letter in your name.
    The comment is not aimed or directed at you. It’s something I’ve been thinking for a long while. Everybody has a different response, obviously, a different approach.
    Keep calm and carry on…

  12. It has been three thousand years since climate issues have caused civilization-wide collapse. Meanwhile in the last century, tens of millions of people were slaughtered by their neighbors and their governments in the name of Marxist social evolution. And then there was the thousand year reign of Islamic horrors full of murder, enslavement and rape, only brought to a pause by the enormous surge in European power from the Industrial Revolution. Now the social evolutionist and the Muslims have teamed up and elected a couple of dozen congressmen and proven their growing control over 90% of the media and social technology in the US by getting critics banned and ostracized.

    I think if you want something to be worried about, the Marxist/Muslim threat is slightly more urgent.

  13. Joy

    David G,
    I’ll second that.

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