David King

I am a psychologist and lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, with a PhD in Health Psychology (UBC, 2013). I have been a writer since I was young, and have authored multiple publications in peer-reviewed academic journals in addition to two textbooks. What inspired this blog? To put it simply, I am concerned - about the state of the world, and the future of humanity. This is my attempt to contribute to the personal and public discourse on our human nature and current state. I hope I can apply my training and education in psychology to help elucidate some of our greatest challenges. I am also a big animal lover, and so my concerns extend beyond the well-being of our own species to those with whom we share this planet.

The World Will End in Apathy & Entitlement (Or, Our Killer is Narcissism)

Rising sea levels, ocean acidification, deforestation, ecological collapse—should our time on Earth end early, these are some of the means by which it will happen, given current trends. But these things, they’re not our real killers… From a psychological perspective, it would be wise to consider the human qualities underlying the environmental changes that now …

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This is the State of Us…

What is it going to take to make this work? This is a question I leave with my students in my final lecture of personality psychology, a class that is both advanced degree fulfillment and crash course in human nature. The question is a reflection on just that—our nature. But I must admit that it …

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The Rebellion We All Need

The future is not as I imagined it would be when I was a child. In the seventh grade I submitted a science report entitled Will the Earth Ever End? I’ll admit, I’ve been pretty fascinated with apocalyptic scenarios since I was quite young. My report included everything from environmental collapse to a large-scale alien …

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Many Worlds Between

It seems, after all, that in this one we find ourselves together. There is a theory in quantum physics called the many-worlds interpretation, which postulates the existence of an infinite number of alternate universes, each with a slight variation on past and each with multiple variations on future to come. It is the idea that …

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Get in the Grey

All metaphors aside, a black-and-white thinker I am definitely not. I remain dedicated to the grey, and happily so. Yet I live in a world of black-and-white thinkers, dichromatic dreamers, and the sort. That’s not entirely true of course. By no means am I alone out here in the grey. But let’s face it, there …

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