In the end all puzzles are solved. But may be there are more than one ways to reach a solution!!

The second question is:

“Choose your own Industrial Ecology inspired puzzle and think up three alternative explanations”.

Well, I don’t know if this is a puzzle or not, but it keeps puzzling me at least.   I keep on asking myself how easily people change their mind about issues they don’ t/can’t  really have a deep knowledge about, i.e. how easily would they accept an information as true only because it derives from a trustworthy source? And last, how easily would they adapt it into their lives? Lets give some examples:

Recycling.  Of course it is boring and time consuming to have different bags for paper, cans, plastic, etc, especially when the recycling containers are not close to your house.  So, why do people recycle? Is it because:

  1. The law/environmental agencies demand so and they are afraid of getting a fine?
  2. They have the ideology of helping the environment.  Even though, that makes me think of another question.  How far would they go if for example no recycling containers exist in the area and  they would have to storage the garbage for a while?
  3.  They want to pretend they care for the environment, just to have a good image in the society
  4. They just got used to it, because they were taught to do so since they were born
Are you recycling?? And if yes, why?

Water from sewage.  The water from waste water treatment plants, after being properly treated could be recycled and mixed with “pure”  drilled water and so end up being drinking water.  So people would partly drink what used to be “poo” water.  My questions are:

  • Would people drink it?
  • If the local people are convinced would a tourist, who is not familiar with the idea, drink it?
  • Even if you have this kind of ideology and the knowledge that this water is clean, would you drink it?
  •  How can you convince a person to drink this water?

Why wouldn’t they drink it?  Because:

  1. of psychological reasons. You cannot get out of your head the image of toilet/poo water
  2. they don’t  really believe it is clean
  3. they believe that a mistake in the water treatment plant would eventually happen and have contaminated water
  4. they don’t want others to think that they are drinking poo water
Would you drink this water?

Climate change.  Lets assume that the whole {CO2 emissions and the temperature} increase  of the planet is a LIE or not unnatural for the planet.  How can an average educated person (or even with education) judge if this information is true or not?  Nowadays everything is produced under the name of “green” or “sustainable”.  Why do people accept it?  Because:

  1. they trust the scientists/sourse who said so
  2. they can see the climate change
  3. they are ignorant
  4. they don’t care to discover the truth, because it is not affecting their every day life
  5. they want to feel that they belong to a group (that of  people who care for the environment) and feel commended for their actions
  6. they are too “small” to have a say against government/industries, etc

But why would someone give false data?  Because:

  1. they did a mistake in measurements or they are mislead by the model/mechanism they use for their predictions
  2. the scientists are bribed by companies
  3. it created a lot of profit
PS  I don’t believe recycling is boring!
PS2 Also, I don’t believe that the increase of CO2 emmissions and earth temperature is a lie!! It was only an assumption
PS3 Bribery of scientists? Ok, I have to admit the 3rd example reminds of conspiracy theories… No, I am not a supporter