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A Prediction Is Never a Fact - Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton is a doctor, scientist and storyteller who uses facts to calm our fears...and fear to heighten our humility.

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Michael Crichton's Scientific and Environmental Mission

I've heard about Michael Crichton for many years -- and been afraid to see his "scary" movies: "Jurassic Park", "Prey", etc. But today, I was researching for "environmental films" and his website came up. I listened to an amazing one and a half hour lecture he presented to the Smithsonian Associates...and I came away with pages of notes and ideas to chew on. Ideas about global warming, and media's role in fear, and nature's complex, resilient systems.

I highly recommend viewing his video lecture if you have some time to spare. You'll be introduced to concepts about "complexity theory": nature's complex systems, some good humor, and some common sense such as "A prediction is never a fact. It's a speculation."

You'll learn about fear, and how information can be a "Hex" killer and how good information can be a cure. Attitude matters. Facts matter. Caring matters. Perspective and humility matter.

Dr. Crichton's concluding answer to a guest's question was roughly -- "If we pay more attention to the NOW, the world now versus the world that might exist in the year 2100 -- we'd be more humane and more effective with one another." We can structure a different world today, together, by facing our fears and taking action with humility and respect for nature's dynamic nature.

Michael Crichton is certainly one of our Green Solution Award winners!

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You'll see a slightly different approach to the news we share with you on California Green Solutions in the future because Dr. Crichton presented a sustainable solution that makes sense...and I recognize the value of a shift in approach. We will redouble our focus on solutions in the world TODAY, and leave the world of 2100 to the dynamic, complex system of nature that is truly in charge anyway.

We'll just try to stay out of the way of the amazing complexity of earth's natural systems.

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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