Psych of Sustainability

Psychology and Sustainability

Dr. Mills


Course syllabustentative course schedule, and archived weekly emails.


Class wikis:

Project Instructions:


Summer, 2014 / Spring, 2014Fall, 2013 / Spring, 2013 / Previous classes

My webpage on peak oil:
   Evolutionary Psychology and Peak Oil


"The world is involved in a monumental resource battle as the
irresistible force of an exploding global population smashes into the
immovable object of finite resources."

David McWilliams


From the film Apocalypto:

An old one-armed wise man speaks to his clan around
the tribal campfire.

His words, spoken in Mayan, translated to English:

And a man sat alone, drenched deep in sadness.

And all the animals drew near to him and said:
    We do not like to see you so sad.
    Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it.

The man said,
    I want to have good sight.

The vulture replied,
    You shall have mine.

The man said,
    I want to be strong.

The jaguar said:
    You shall be strong like me.

Then the man said,
    I long to know the secrets of the earth.

The serpent replied,
    I will show them to you.

And so it went with all the animals.

And when the man had all the gifts they could give, he left.

Then the owl said to the other animals:
    Now the man knows much
    and is able to do many things,
    suddenly I am afraid.

The deer said,
    The man has all that he needs.
    Now his sadness will stop.

But the owl replied,
    I saw a hole in the man.
    Deep like a hunger he will never fill.
    It is what makes him sad and what makes him want.
    He will go on taking and taking,
    until one day the World will say:

   "I am no more.
     ...And I have nothing left to give."

Older material (not required):

Wikipedia Term Project  not required this semester (Spring 2014:  Wikipedia project)