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As readers of Ethics Etc may know, I had co-written a paper in 2012 called Human Engineering and Climate Change in which we suggested, among other things, that having smaller humans could be a way of combating the effects of climate change. The paper received a lot of attention in the media (see, e.g., here, here, and here) and I gave a talk at the Sydney Opera House and a TED talk on this topic. Paramount has a new movie coming out this December called Downsizing, which is also premised on this idea. Paramount is sponsoring a prescreening of Downsizing at the Museum of the Moving Image on Dec 20 at 7pm (  ), after which the screenwriter Jim Taylor (who also wrote Sideways, Election, About Schmidt, Jurassic Park III), a cognitive scientist Heather Berlin, and I will discuss the ideas behind the film. You can watch the trailer for Downsizing here:


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