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OVERCOMING the THREAT to Our FUTURE
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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 existential 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
68 GENOMIC ORIGINS Donald Trump’s Brain
David Anderson shares his insights in 'Overcoming the Threat to Our Future'
His 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, David Anderson gives the reader an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the problem, and our role in solving it.
OUR BIOSPHERE PROBLEM
OUR CRANIAL PROBLEM
OUR AMERICAN PROBLEM
OUR PLANETARY 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 Planetary Dilemma
Part II The Journey from Wasps and Ants to Apes, Chimpanzees and Bonobos to Australopithecus to Neanderthalensis 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 Collapse
Part X Tipping Points – Next Three Generations
Part XI The ecological threat to/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 Zero Negative 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 Increase in 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
Part III Our industrial civilization
Part IV David Bohm’s Post Modern Gnosticism
Part V Our future
Part VI The war between the Rational and Irrational mind
Concluding Remarks by the Author
Appendix # I
Joseph Campbell’s MONOMYTH
Appendix # II
The Limits to Growth