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OVERCOMING the THREAT to Our FUTURE

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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.

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CONTENTS

FOREWORD

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OUR BIOSPHERE PROBLEM

OUR CRANIAL PROBLEM

OUR AMERICAN PROBLEM

OUR GLOBAL PROBLEM

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# 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

 

ADDENDUM

 

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

Richard Leakey

"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."