Resilience is natural. Even after a long, hard winter, when the proper conditions arrive, nature
simply springs back to life of its own accord.
Resilience may be natural, yet every day we encounter people who are enduring a hard inner winter,
whose joy and vitality have long ago gone dormant. Many of them have lost heart. Having tried all the
usual remedies with little success, they wonder if they will ever fully reclaim their lives. They come to
us with a single question, framed in a thousand different ways: “What can I do to feel better, to bring
myself back to life, to recover the joy...
Isn’t it strange that the animal we used to be developed into the creature
that we now are? How – and why – did human intelligence and culture
evolve? How did we evolve minds, philosophies and technologies? And now that
we have them, where are they taking us?
The orthodox answer to these questions looks inside our brains to see
what they are made of and how the various components operate.
Any study forecasting conditions four decades
hence will be faced with large uncertainties and
these need to be borne in mind in interpreting the
results of this study. One uncertainty concerns
the pathway of GHG emissions. To address that
issue, the city case studies examined both a high
and a low GHG emissions scenario to bracket the
likely future conditions. In the climate change
downscaling methodologies, there are uncertain-
ties in forecasting the increase in extreme and
seasonal precipitation under the different sce-