Books and Blogs for serious thinkers from David Anderson
BIO I (early on)
I was very young then. The soon to be Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia—Faisal bin Abdelaziz Al Saud who later became King and then in 1975 was murdered by his nephew—stepped out of a black Lincoln limousine in the drive of our home in Alpine, New Jersey. He was surrounded by body guards. Today, so many years later I can still picture every detail. I can still feel the awe of his presence.
Was that the moment I made my decision ? It may have been. If my father, a Swedish sailor immigrant's son starting in his youth as a Wall Street runner could become the most powerful American banker for all of the Middle East at the House of Morgan, so important that even this princely man from Saudi Arabia would visit him at our home to drink coffee and eat my mother’s pastries, why couldn’t I too be like him?
So, later I set out to follow that dream. Over the years it took me to every corner of the world.
It was a dream that ended in an answer to these questions:
Why are we here ?
Why are we what we are ?
Where will it lead us ?
BIO II (then came my career)
Over my career I was an international risk manager and senior executive at several of America’s premier multinational institutions. I am a graduate of Dartmouth College '55 and the Harvard Advanced Management Program. I served my country in the US Army Adjutant Gereral Corps.
I bring together a wide range of interests in my writings, namely; theology, history, evolutionary anthropology, philosophy, geopolitics, and economics. During my career I became increasingly aware of the underlying cultural, institutional and religious causes of past and present civilizational dysfunction.
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In my new book I quote some of the brightest minds in the scientific community and comment on their findings.
I examine an area of our thought process that is the primary cause of our problem today.
ABSTRACT NEW BOOK
OUR EXTINCTION ?
WHERE DOES HOMO SAPIENS GO FROM HERE ?
We have in our human brains a dark neurotic psychotic side. It is driven by a competitive self-serving dynamic. It has now become our existential problem.
It was acknowledged early on in Judaism at the time of Moses by the Yon Kippur Day of Atonement. (and remains so) Years later in the 6th/5th century BCE Jeremiah wrote:
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?”
It became a foundation of Christianity in the belief of the crucifixion of Jesus as expiation for our sins.
The ancient Greeks recognized it. Here is an 8th century BCE quote from Homer’s Illiad:
“Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.”
In a more recent period of our history that “dark side.” was identified by philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes 1588-1679.
We brought it with us when we moved out of Africa into this Anthropocene Age. It can be observed today in our interpersonal and international relations. It can also be observed in our abandonment of the symbiotic relationship we had had with Nature.
The transcendental power of Nature was given little recognition. We separated ourselves from over three million years of codependence.
The earth was now ours to be used and abused according to our desires. Even in our philosophical/religious thought we refused to recognize that all forms of life on Planet Earth including our own need be symbiotically at one with Nature.
So, with our Anthropocene move and our new found rationally we began not only to alienate ourselves from each other but from the Biosphere of our Planet, without recognizing that like any other organism within its Biosphere that does not live in cohesive harmony with its Biosphere the end result is rejection.
Now in the twenty-first century we find ourselves suddenly faced with that rejection reality. And If we continue to think the way we think and live the way we live, Nature will drive us to extinction.
Yet Humanity refuses to acknowledge this or the need for change. Yes, a few enlightened individuals here and there, and certainly most of the scientific community, but with limited influence. The general population lives in a cloud of optimism bias. (Brought with us from the early period) It had been one of our evolutionary strengths. It had allowed us to move forward without fear of harm.
It has become our enemy. Because of this optimism bias, we are not able to grasp the fact that we humans have only limited control over Nature. And for all our technological powers, we are not able to comprehend that ultimately we are subject to planetary forces over which we have no control.
One reality we refuse to face is that Capital markets have grown to a size where they are energizing ecologically destructive forces of a magnitude never before seen in human history.
Another reality we refuse to face is that we must reduce our population size. (now more than double what it was when I was in High School) Earth’s supplies of habitable land, fresh water, arable soil and mineral resources are not able to satisfy our needs.
Another reality we refuse to face is the possibility of a Methane Hydrate Feedback Loop in the Arctic. (confirmed by the World Bank in 2012) We were warned that without quick action to curb CO2 emissions, global warming is likely to increase by 4 degrees Centigrade (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) and that is dangerously close to the temperature rise that initiated vast amounts of Methane release from the Arctic during the Permian-Triassic extinction 252 million years ago.
Another reality we refuse to face is that the South Pole is rapidly warming. Surface air temperatures there have been rising since the 1990s at a rate that is three times faster than the global average. The result: Parts of coastal Antarctica are losing ice. As that ice melts and oceans rise, there are disastrous implications for world population living in coastal areas.
Another reality we refuse to face is that ocean acidification is threatening much of the marine food web. Rising carbon dioxide emissions since the Industrial Revolution have caused the oceans to become 30 percent more acidic. The estimate is 150 percent more by 2100.
And there are many others.
Where then do we begin? How much time do we have? Many scientists are telling us that far reaching changes must take place over the next 25/50 years. And they need to be of the magnitude that came with the beginning of our Anthropocene Age. All of human society has to change the way it thinks and the way it lives. The changes need to be political, social, religious, philosophical and economic.
And if there are no changes, what then? The suffering of future generations will be extreme. First, those billions of humans living on the edge of survival will perish. We are already seeing this die off in many parts of the world. (124 F. in Baghdad as of this writing) Then, the pain will move onto the rest of society.
Planet Earth is saying to Homo sapiens, using its unforgiving evolutionary language of rejection; you must change the way you think and the way you live and you must do it now.
So here is the existential question of our Age: Is there a way for us to break out of this downward spiral? The answer: Yes, there is. But first we must examine many of those existing Anthropocene patterns of thought and behavior believed today to contain "inherent truths" that have become our enemy.
The task will be daunting. It will require us to reinvent much of what we have believed to be true and justified. We will have to change the way we think about everything; our lifestyles, our economics, our political systems, our laws, our social and religious systems, ourselves, our Raison d'etre. (reason for being)
The biosphere is finite. We must find a way to live in a congruent state within that finitude. Today’s patchwork of repairs and technological fixes will not suffice. A totally new societal design is called for; one leading to an entirely new societal structure, a structure whereby humans can live in concert with Nature itself. Our continuation rests on that premise.
A new design cannot be implemented without first examining the core of our Anthropocene Age weakness; the release of our dark neurotic psychotic side. It will require a metamorphosis of the twenty-first century human mind.
It will also require a return to the horizontal transcendental symbiotic relationship with Nature that had successfully guided our three plus million year evolutionary development.
Can there emerge a higher level of human consciousness, redefining the cosmic and planetary purpose of our human species by way of a new form of insight?
The answer is problematical. According to a French Annales School theory called L’histoire événementielle(discussed in my book) history moves in one direction or another at its own speed regardless of intellectual discovery. So according to that theory the movement will not be fast enough to save us from extinction.
Let me end with a quote from Albert Einstein
“The problems in the world today are so enormous they cannot be solved with the level of thinking that created them.”
For supporting Blogs klick above on "Current Blogs" and then go to:
77 Planet Earth Reality Check-Survival Homo sapiens
76 Gaia Reality Coming Back to Haunt Us
75 A eukaryotic/neurotic/psychotic thinking imperfection we brought with us into this New Age