Chapter 2

The author discusses collective cooperative and self-interest-driven behavior along with our faulty risk analysis of long-term issues. This chapter examines several characteristics inherent in Homo sapiens as a species, such as our self-interest and preference to see and act only in the short-term rather than long-range. These traits help explain why we continue to damage our physical planet and threaten our species and numerous others. These characteristics alter our risk analysis and collective behavior, thus making solutions to our problems much harder to see and implement.