David is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Hawaii (Harvard Asia Pacific) Advanced Management Program. Over his career he was an international risk manager and senior executive at several of America’s premier multinational institutions. During that period he became increasingly aware of the underlying cultural, institutional and religious causes of past and present civilizational dysfunction and conflict.
He brings together a wide range of interests in his writings, namely; theology, history, evolutionary anthropology, philosophy, geopolitics, and economics. His first book, Holy War The Blood of Abraham explored the underlying forces driving today's Jewish/Christian/Islamic conflict. The Infidels, a second book centering on Islam, was published two years later. David's interest then turned to those religious images that during the Bush administration were directing not only the American political process but also the future of Western civilization. He wrote his third book; "Q" Question Will Human Species Survive?
Over the past eight years he has been writing a new book. It calls for a radically different understanding of the relationship between Homo sapiens and Planet earth and the cosmos. It challenges the implicit ecological legitimacy of our political, social, religious, and economic institutions. It makes recommendations as to how they can be restructured in order to meet oncoming demands and spells out in detail what is likely to occur if this does not take place.
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Prominent scientists throughout the world are now telling us that before the end of the present century we may be facing a sudden and dramatic reversal in planetary sustainability. They point to a succession of dangerous ecological “tipping points” from which there can be no return. In this new book David Anderson, author of Holy War the Blood of Abraham, The Infidels and "Q" Question Will Human Species Survive? with his wide range of knowledge extending through geopolitics, economics, theology, philosophy, history and evolutional anthropology explores solutions to this dilemma and provides a way for us to address it. He calls for a radically new understanding of our relationship to Planet earth and the cosmos. And he shows how this can be accomplished by each of us challenging the implicit ecological legitimacy of many of the institutions on which human society is now culturally grounded; political, social, religious, economic. David gives the reader a life changing way to partake in this great event.
Our originating Axial Age presuppositions were built on false "inherent truths" now revealing themselves as ecological flaws.
To understand this, we need to focus our attention on three periods:
The period before our Axial Age
Our Axial Age now
The period to come after our Axial Age
How critical today is it to have this examination? Very critical. Many of the most prominent scientists throughout the world are warning us that much of the unfolding ecological destruction we now observe on our planet is becoming irreversible. They are saying that over the next one or two or three hundred years our species even will face the possibility of extinction.
Many throughout the world community refuse to acknowledge this. They live in a cloud of optimism bias. Over past generations it has been their/our strength. But now it is becomming our enemy. Because of this optimism, few are able to grasp the fact that we have limited control over nature’s forces. For all our technological powers, we as a human civilization on this planet can not escape the thought that we are subject to those cosmic forces underlying our planet's reality.
In my presentation I will discuss the reason why, after over one million years of evolutionary progression from early hominid origins to the present day our species has suddenly arrived at this critical life/death turning point.
One planetary reality is that we cannot have exponential population growth. Earth’s supplies of habitable land, fresh water, arable soil, mineral resources will not be able to satisfy our needs.
Another is that unfettered operation of capital markets can not continue. They have now grown to a size where they are energizing ecologically destructive forces of a magnitude never before been seen in the history of our species.
And we could gone on with so many others.
Where is all of this leading us? Without political, social, religious as well economic introspection, the suffering of future generations will be extreme. First, those billions of humans who are living on the edge of survival will perish. We are already seeing this die off in many parts of the world. Then, the pain will move onto the rest of society.
The Cosmos is saying to Homo sapiens, using the unforgiving language of nature; you must change the way you think and the way you live and you must do it now.
Our species did not always have this problem. The danger began with the bronze/iron/agricultural age. Some refer to it euphemistically as our Axial Age.
In this lecture we will be examining the political, social, religious and economic changes that occurred with the advent of that age. They have become the cause of our problem. We will also be examining the life of the hominid prior to that age for insights into where we went wrong.
Is there a way for us to break out of this downward spiral? There is. We must examine existing Axial Age patterns of thought wrongly conceived and believed today to be "inherent truths." We must reinvent much of what we believe to be the sacred. We must change the way we think about everything; our lifestyles, our economics, our political systems, our social systems, our religions, ourselves.
Today’s proposed 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 design that can act in concert with nature itself. This will require a new architecture calling a total metamorphosis of the human mind.
This new design can not be implemented without first understanding our basic Axial Age weakness. That Age was one that changed our relationship to Planet Earth. The former horizontal transcendental relationship that had successfully guided our biological evolutionary development for millions of years moved to the rear.
A vertical astrological anthropomorphic god in the Heavens moved to the forefront.
Herein lay the beginning of our 21st century problem. Eight thousand years ago we alienated ourselves from this planet without recognizing that like any other organism within its Biosphere that becomes alien to it, there can only be one outcome; rejection.
Solving the Riddle: Why do we think the way we do? Why are we what we are?
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, one that years later became the genesis of my obsession to solve the riddle? It may have been. If my father, a poor Swedish immigrant's son 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 us at our home and drink coffee and eat my mother’s pastries, why couldn’t I too be like him?
So, later I set out to follow that same dream. Over the years it took me to every corner of the world.
It was a dream that ended in an answer.
Why do we think the way we do? Why are we what we are? Where will it lead us?