Emotions are an important aspect of the evolution of the human mind. Though we share the capacity for emotions with non-human animals, our processing of emotions can hold the key to our own humanity.
The climate collapse is asking us to look at the world with a different set of eyes. It is asking us to distinguish what is essential and non-essential as we move forward to life in an unpredictable future.
Scientists now accept that the neocortex is not the seat of consciousness. Will this new acceptance lead us to a new understanding of the nature of the human being? Or will this lead to greater materialism in our sciences? The clue lies in the worldview the audience subscribes to.