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The Compelling Tangle of Energy and American Society Benjamin K Sovacool and Marilyn A. Brown Simple in Means, Rich in Ends: An Interview with Arne Naess.

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1 The Compelling Tangle of Energy and American Society Benjamin K Sovacool and Marilyn A. Brown Simple in Means, Rich in Ends: An Interview with Arne Naess Stephan Bodian By: Sarah White & Amanda Myers

2 What do you see as the basic commodities of life? “Energy is, according to Nobel Prize winning economist E.F. Schamacher “not just another commodity, but the precondition of all commodities a basic factor equal with air, water, and earth” Do you agree with the author that energy is equal to air, earth, and water?

3 “Levi-Strauss emphasizes, is not whether myths exist---they do, regardless of how much a culture has progressed---but what such myths reveal about society.” Energy and American Society: Thirteen Myths, edited by Benjamin K. Sovacool and Marilyn A. Brown. The book discusses thirteen propositions concerning American culture, energy, the environment, and society ▫ Myth One – Today’s Energy Crisis is “Hype” ▫ Myth Two – The Public is Well Informed About Energy ▫ Myth Nine – Energy Efficiency Improvements have Already Reached their Potential ▫ Myth Twelve – Climate Policy will Bankrupt the U.S. Economy ▫ Myth Thirteen – Developing Countries are not Doing their Part in Responding to Concerns about Climate Change What do the aforementioned myths say about out society?

4 When you hear the word Technology, what comes to mind? “Consequently, in today’s culture most people conceive of technology only as the latest high tech items, such as new and rapidly emerging technologies and systems. Inventions of far larger historical significance- pottery, paper, electricity-no longer “count” as technology….” Where would modern society be if not for inventions of yesteryear?

5 Arne Naess said, “ I never have had the feeling that nature is something to be dominant or conquered; it is something with which we coexist.” Do you think that in today’s society we necessarily have to coexist with nature? Do you think access to nature is a basic human need in today’s society?

6 “I think that, one hundred and fifty years ago, in government decision making in America and Europe, more information was available in proportion to the amount needed than is available today. Today, we are using thousands of new chemicals, and we don’t know their combined long-range effect.” What do you think Naess is saying in this quote? Do you agree or disagree?

7 Works Cited Bodian, Stephan. “Simple in Means, Rich in Ends: An Interview with Arne Naess.” Human Experience : Who am I? Ed. Alice Burmeister and Kathy Lyon. 6 th ed. Littleton, MA: Tapestry, 2009 Sovacool, K. Benjamin, and Marilyn A. Brown. “From the Compelling Tangle of Energy and American Society.” Human Experience : Who am I? Ed. Alice Burmeister and Kathy Lyon. 6 th ed. Littleton, MA: Tapestry, 2009


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