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CHANGING THE WAY WE THINK
This book closely examines the validity of eight thousand years of social, political, philosophical, religious and economic thought and the institutions that arose from that thought. It separates out those originating presuppositions we have believed to be "inherent truths" we are now discovering were built on ecological flaws.
It is a book that will change the way you think about our planet and your life on it.
Also, it is a book that explains why:
Scientists in and out of academia have failed to be heard.
The public remains in a state of insouciance.
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BEGINNING of BOOK:
The problems in the world today are so enormous they cannot be solved with the level of thinking that created them.
Introduction - Two Perspectives
We are 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 in all probability be determined by a random meteorite/asteroid or natural planetary happening. It will be species' self-inflicted. Where did we go wrong? Could it be that certain elements in our thought process, laboriously pieced together over the centuries beginning with the bronze iron agricultural age, are now working against us? And if so, what are those elements? Finally the question: How could we, the most clever and brilliant primate ever to evolve be bringing this upon ourselves? Is it that we have a self-destructive genetic psychotic/neurotic cranial imperfection? And if that is the reason, at what stage of our evolution did the imperfection occur? And finally, do we have the ability to move away from that imperfection?
# 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 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
SOME CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS ON RELIGIOUS THOUGHT
ADDENDUM Joseph Campbell’s MONOMYTH
Appendix # I
Looking Back on the Limits of Growth
Appendix # II
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."