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 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 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 with 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 examine an area of our thought process that is the primary cause of our extinction possibility; the dark neurotic psychotic side of the human brain.
That “dark side” is driven by a self-serving dynamic. It can enrapture us. It can turn us against each other. Over our history we have been witness to it in our interactions interpersonally and internationally.
We brought it with us when we moved out of Africa into this Anthropocene Age.
Read this essay for some detail:
Our Extinction Possibility
Apocalypse? A Return to the Permian-Triassic Extinction