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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 us at our home and drink coffee and eat my mother’s pastries, why couldn’t I 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 to these questions:
Why are we what we are ? Where will it lead us ?
BIO II (then came the career)
David Anderson over his career was an international risk manager and senior executive at several of America’s premier multinational banking institutions. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College '55 and the Harvard Advanced Management Program. He served his country in the US Army Adjutant Gereral Corps.
He brings together a wide range of interests in his writings, namely; theology, history, evolutionary anthropology, philosophy, geopolitics, and economics. During his forty year banking career he became increasingly aware of the underlying cultural, institutional and religious causes of past and present civilizational dysfunction.
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A book about thepossibility of our extinction. And the way we can prevent it from occurring
In it I quote some of the brightest minds in the scientific community and comment on their findings.
I conclude that an area of our thought process we brought out of Africa is the primary cause of our problem.
It is the dark neurotic psychotic and self-destructive side of the human brain. Past and recent history provide ample evidence of this. Today, dysfunction within and between nations makes it obvious to the observer. Also many other forms of aberrant human behavior.
This presentation will explore it in relation to three periods.
The period before our Age
The period to come after our Age
First a definition of terms: The words “Axial Age” are often used to identify our Age. Karl Jaspers, a German philosopher writing in the middle of the twentieth century gave us that expression. It is often used to connote the idea of our New Age. He defined it as beginning 500 to 300 BCE. For the purpose of this discussion we will bring his observation up-to-date and use the words "Anthropocene Age."
The Anthropocene began about 6000 BCE as we Homo sapiens were moving north along the Nile; then to Aswan in the South of Egypt and to Alexandria in the North. With this move came the Egyptian Pharohs and Priests ( 5/4/3 thousand years ago) then the prophets of Israel in the Levant and with them the Greek philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Then came Jesus and his disciples. With the Roman Empire it all spread to the north into what is now Europe. At the same time advanced philosophical/religious thought was spreading into Asia with the Hindu and the Upanishad and the Buddha and Confucius and Lao-tzu, the philosopher whose ideas became Daoism.
How critical today is it to have an examination of this evolutionary change? It is very critical. It was a change that challenged the neurological thought process that had developed as we humans evolved going back 3/4 million years. There was no longer codependency with Nature. We were no longer "at one" with Nature.
Recognition of Nature's transcendental power moved from the horizontal to the vertical god or gods in the heavens.
It was a change that now in the twenty-first century could be spelling our end. If we continue to think the way we think and live the way we live, there is a probability we will be facing extinction.
This understanding of extinction possibility goes back to 2012 when the World Bank warned of a Methane Hydrate Feedback Loop occurring in the Arctic bringing on another Permian Triassic kind of planetary extinction event.
Scientists are now confirming this and also warning of other dangers.
Humanity in general refuses to acknowledge them. Yes, a few enlightened individuals here and there, and certainly the scientific community, but with only limited influence. The general population lives in a cloud of optimism bias. (brought with us from the early period and also discussed in my book) It had been our evolutionary strength. But now it has become our enemy. Because of this optimism bias, few are able to grasp the fact that we humans have only limited control over Nature. For all our technological powers, we cannot escape the reality that we are subject to planetary forces and they are beyond our control.
One reality we refuse to face is that we must reduce our population size. Earth’s supplies of habitable land, fresh water, arable soil and mineral resources at the present level are not able to satisfy our needs.
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.
Another 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. Negative externalities need to be measured and priced in up front so as to discourage, temper, or at the extreme eliminate the trade.
Another reality we refuse to face is that religious extremism on a global scale is releasing deadly psychotic neurotic behavior with wide destructive social ramifications.
And there are many others.
Where then do we begin? Far reaching changes must take place by the end of this century. They need to be of a magnitude like those that came with the beginning of our New Age. All of human society has to change the way it thinks. 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 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.
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.
Is there a way for us to break out of this downward spiral? There is. First we must examine many of those existing Anthropocene patterns of thought believed today to be "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 sacred. We will have to change the way we think about everything; our lifestyles, our economics, our political systems, our social systems, our religions, ourselves.
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 designed whereby human activity can act in concert with nature itself. It will require a metamorphosis of the twenty-first century human mind. (my book outlines ideas of great thinkers past and present we should now be listening to)
This new design cannot be implemented without first examining the core of our Anthropocene Age weakness; the abandonment of the horizontal transcendental relationship with Nature that had successfully guided our biological evolutionary development. We moved away from an understanding of what we biologically and ecologically are. We abandoned our understanding of our relationship to Planet Earth and Planet Earth’s relationship to us.
We alienated ourselves from the Biosphere of this planet without recognizing that like any other organism within its Biosphere that alienates itself from the Biosphere, the end result is rejection.
So, here is the core question: Can there emerge a higher level of human consciousness saying that we are not separate from the cosmic realm but are a part of a rhythm that is in a sense “the mind” of the cosmic realm, with voices redefining the cosmic and planetary purpose of the human species by way of a new form of thought?
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."
And a quote from my new book
"So here is the question for our new Age: How deeply implanted is this deficiency in
our eukaryotic chromosomic brain?
Now to the big question:
Can we change? Do we psychologically neurologically have the ability by means of some sort of Transformational Experience to overcome our thinking imperfection and replace it with a new form of synchronous thought and behavior that can establish for Homo sapiens coexistent unity and inter active equilibrium with all life and nonlife on the planet?
And then the even bigger question: If not, what then?"