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OVERCOMING the THREAT to Our FUTURE
David Anderson shares insights on 'Overcoming the Threat to Our Future'
New book takes a deeper look at the relationship between Homo sapiens and planet earth and the cosmos
BOCA RATON, Fla. – The world is being faced with an existential threat. There is the possibility of human extinction. And unlike threats in the past to all forms of life on the planet, this one will not be determined by a random meteorite/asteroid or natural planetary happening. It will be species' self-inflicted. We are that species.
“Overcoming the Threat to Our Future” 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 the political, social, religious and economic institutions on which our modern world society is grounded. It says that what we have believed to be the "inherent truths" grounding these institutions were built on geo-ecological flaws. It describes in detail these flaws. It calls for these flaws to be addressed now. It says that if they are not, enormous pain and suffering will soon come to all life on our planet.
With this book, Anderson gives the reader an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the problem, and our role in solving it.
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About the Author
David Anderson 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 and institutional causes of past and present civilizational dysfunction and conflict. In his writings, he brings together a wide range of interests; namely history, evolutionary anthropology, theology, philosophy, geopolitics and economics. His first book “Holy War: The Blood of Abraham” was published in 2004. It explored the underlying religious forces driving today's Jewish/Christian/Islamic conflict. “The Infidels,” a second book centering on Islam, was published two years later. Anderson’s interest then turned to those underlying societal images that during the George W. Bush presidency were directing not only the American political process but also the future of Western civilization. He wrote his third book, "Q Will Human Species Survive?” Over the past 10 years, he has been writing “Overcoming the Threat to Our Future.” The book calls for a radically different understanding of the relationship between Homo sapiens and planet earth and the cosmos.
OUR BIOSPHERE PROBLEM
OUR CRANIAL PROBLEM
OUR AMERICAN PROBLEM
OUR GLOBAL PROBLEM
# 1 A Lesson from Socrates
Part I Flash of a firefly in the night
Part II When Lies become truths
Part III Religious and Sophistic behavior in the 21st Century
# 2 A Warning from Sigmund Freud
# 3 The Anthropomorphic God of Abraham
Part I Yahweh
Part II Dancing with the Devil in defiance of Cosmic Order
# 4 Human Civilization - The Future
Part I Our Ecological Dilemma
Part II The Journey from Wasps and Ants to Bonobos, Apes and Chimpanzees to Homo Australopithecus and Homo Neanderthalensis and then to Homo sapiens
Part III Homo economicus we have all become
Part IV “longue durée”
Part V Thought Periods
Part VI Ecologically Destructive Institutions
Part VII The Bridge
Part VIII Survival
Part IX Population Growth
Part X Tipping Points - Next Three Generations
Part XI The Ecological Threat from Islam
Part XII Freedom
Part XIII A New Axial Age ?
Part XIV Egyptian Reflections on our Future
# 5 A Clue from the Monastery at Nag Hammadi
# 6 Back to Lascaux
Part I Co-Creation in the Dordogne
Part II Richard Tarnas - Nature's unfolding truth
# 7 The Sumerian Problem
Part I Scripture
Part II Beyond Scripture
# 8 A Dangerous Negative Zero Sum Game—The "Chicago School" vs the Planet
Part I From Adam Smith to Milton Friedman to Alan Greenspan
Part II George Soros
Part III The Increase in the Emissions of CO2 and a Methane Hydrate Feedback Loop Part IV An Economic Solution for the Emissions of CO2 and a Methane Hydrate Feedback Loop
# 9 Forging a New Global Ethic for Planetary Survival -
“The Tragedy of The Commons”
#10 Reinventing the Sacred in the Age of the Cosmos
Part I Hebraic vs Hellenic Thought
Part II The Enlightenment - Materialistic Determinism
Part III Our Industrial Civilization
Part IV Our Future
Part V The War between the Rational and the Irrational Mind
Appendix # I
Joseph Campbell’s MONOMYTH
Appendix # II
Looking Back on the Limits to Growth
Appendix # III
An Open Letter to Paul Krugman
A warning from: Richard Leakey
I have always been fascinated by the lives of the Leakeys.
The Leaky family were prime movers in establishing a tradition of palaeoanthropological inquiry. I visited the Leakey museum at the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania in 1983. There I met Mary. Among her many accomplishments was the discovery of the Laetoli footprints; proof that hominids walked upright as far back as 3.6 million years ago. Richard Leakey followed in the footsteps of his famous father. He began his work searching for fossils in the mid 1960s. His team unearthed a nearly complete 1.6-million-year-old skeleton in 1984 that became known as "Turkana Boy," then the first known early human with long legs, short arms and a tall stature.
Richard Leakey's following 2012 statement which I recorded in my journal has far reaching implications for the future of our species:
Huff Post by FRANK ELTMAN 05/26/12
Evolution Debate Soon Will Be History
"We may be on the cusp of some very real disasters. If you look back, the thing that strikes you, if you've got any sensitivity, is that extinction is the most common phenomena. Extinction is always driven by environmental change. Environmental change is always driven by climate change. Man is now accelerating, if not creating, planet change phenomena; I think we have to recognize that the future is by no means a very rosy one."