From the INTRODUCTION by Mike Paterson

That the world’s not what it was should be no surprise. What is surprising is that human activities now enfold complexities that, even if we don’t understand them, seem certain to decide the fate of every living organism. We need to know that the future’s now our inescapable responsibility.

Not one cubic centimeter of the biosphere, atmosphere or ocean depths remains wholly untouched or unaffected by human interventions of one kind or another. Nuclear power, mass extinctions, the impacts of fertilizers, forestry, fossil fuels, and new materials: the evidence is indelibly laid down, even now, in the geological record. And, as each intervention has rippled through the whole, it’s triggered unforeseen changes in places none of us have ever thought to look. Change begets more change, changes interact with each other and permeate things we never meant to mess with. And the tide’s rising.

The old crusade to wrest control from nature’s whim, one that’s long preoccupied Western cultures, has reached its “Jerusalem.” And, like all victories, the outcomes, intentional and coincidental, aren’t quite what we hoped or expected.


Paperback, 6 X 9, 156 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1772440508
$19.95 (Canadian)

"Lots of wisdom ... I will be sharing in my sermons and in worship."

--Richard C. Choe, Coordinating Minister, Grace United Church & St. Paul's United Church, Brampton, Ontario


Mike Paterson

No, despite the title, this isn’t a self-help book! But You Can’t Be Serious does lay foundations of hope and help for a civilization that seems bent on losing its purpose. Ranging through disciplines as diverse as science, economics, philosophy, poetry and religion in inimitably informal and conversational fashion, You Can’t Be Serious involves the reader in shaping a take on the future that offers fresh coherence, meaning and delight.

About the Author: A well-traveled New Zealand-born Canadian, Mike Paterson, Ph.D., pursues topical complexities with curiosity, imagination, thoughtful originality, quirky humor and enthusiasm.