Search Results for “John Scales Avery”

28/09/2021

Problems with Capitalism

Human Wrongs Watch

It is driving us towards disaster

We need a new economic system
We need a new economic system | Image from Wall Street International Magazine.

27 September 2021 (Wall Street International)*Adam Smith (1723-1790) maintained that individual self-interest can and should be the principle guiding our economic behavior.

He told the readers of his book The Wealth of Nations, that, as if guided by an invisible hand, individual self-interest leads to the general good. To put is in fewer words, Smith maintained that greed is good.

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13/08/2021

Predicting the Future

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

H.G. Wells

The enormously prolific English writer, Herbert George Wells (1866-1946), who also wrote novels. short stories, history books, biology textbooks, utopias, and so on, has been called “The Shakespeare of Science Fiction”.

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John Scales Avery

During his writing career, he made a number of predictions about the future, many of which were astonishingly accurate.

He foresaw the advent of aircraft, tanks, space travel, nuclear weapons, satellite television and something resembling the World Wide Web.

George Orwell and Aldous Huxley

George Orwell’s famous dystopian book, Nineteen Eighty-Four, warned the world of the dangers of totalitarianism. In Orwell’s book, people are terrorized into submission. Orwell had Stalinist Russia in mind when he wrote the book, but sadly, it seems to describe the situation in a large number of countries today.

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22/07/2021

Climate: We Are Not Doing Enough

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The Keeling Curve continues to rise steadily

Charles David Keeling started the monitoring of the carbon dioxide content of the earth's atmosphere
Charles David Keeling started the monitoring of the carbon dioxide content of the earth’s atmosphere | Image from Wall Street International.

20 July 2021 (Wall Street International)* — Measurements of the carbon dioxide content of the earth’s atmosphere as a function of time have been made ever since 1958 at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.

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30/06/2021

Sharing Scientific Knowledge

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

We Stand on Each Other’s Shoulders

Cultural evolution depends on the non-genetic storage, transmission, diffusion and utilization of information.

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John Scales Avery

The development of human speech, the invention of writing, the development of paper and printing, and finally, in modern times, mass media, computers and the Internet: all these have been crucial steps in society’s explosive accumulation of information and knowledge. Human cultural evolution proceeds at a constantly-accelerating speed.

Our modern civilization has been built up by means of a worldwide exchange of ideas and inventions. It is built on the achievements of many ancient cultures.

China, Japan, India, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, the Islamic world, Christian Europe, and the Jewish intellectual traditions, all have contributed.

Potatoes, corn, squash, vanilla, chocolate, chili peppers, and quinine are gifts from the American Indians.

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24/06/2021

Why War?

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By John Scales Avery*

A new freely downloadable book

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John Scales Avery

I would like to announce the publication of a book, which discusses the reasons why the institution of war continues to threaten human civilization and the biosphere, and the steps that might be taken to rid the world of war.

The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge from the following link:

https://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Why-War-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf

Albert Einstein’s letter to Sigmund Freud

“Why War?”, the title of this book, was also the title of a famous letter written to Sigmund Freud by Albert Einstein.

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26/05/2021

The Social Responsibility of Scientists

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By John Scales Avery*

A new freely downloadable book

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John Scales Avery

I would like to announce the publication of a book which discusses the duty of scientists and engineers to try to prevent the catastrophes that currently threaten human society and the biosphere.

The book may be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link:

http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/The-Social-Responsibility-Of-Scientists-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf

Three major threats to human society

Science and technology have conferred many benefits on human society, but as we start the 21st century, most thoughtful observers believe that our science-driven and information-driven industrial civilization has entered a period of crisis.

All indices are increasing rapidly – population, total wealth, industrial output, rates of scientific discovery, and so on. But it is clear that the total human footprint on the face of nature has become too great.

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06/05/2021

67 Years in the Peace Movement

Human Wrongs Watch

A new freely downloadable book

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John Scales Avery

I would like to announce the publication of a book which discusses the things that I have experienced during my 67 years of work in the peace movement.

The book may be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link:

https://eacpe.org/67-years-in-the-peace-movement/

https://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/67-years-in-the-peace-movement-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf

Holger Terp’s invitation

Seven years ago, Holger Terp, the founder and web editor of the Danish Peace Academy, invited me to write something about my 60 years of work in the peace movement.

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27/04/2021

Water and Life

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By John Scales Avery*

26 April 2021 (Wall Street International)* — In its home page on World Water Day the United Nations points out the following facts:

The Colorado River is reduced to a trickle when it reaches the Pacific
The Colorado River is reduced to a trickle when it reaches the Pacific | Image from Wall Street International.
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  • today, 1 in 3 people live without safe drinking water;
  • by 2050, up to 5.7 billion people could be living in areas where water is scarce for at least one month a year;
  • climate-resilient water supply and sanitation could save the lives of more than 360,000 infants every year;
  • if we limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, we could cut climate-induced water stress by up to 50%;
  • extreme weather has caused more than 90% of major disasters over the last decade;
  • by 2040, global energy demand is projected to increase by over 25% and water demand is expected to increase by more than 50%.

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10/04/2021

Humanity Has Reached a Critical Decade

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A new report, published on 14 Mar 2021 in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ journal Ambio, points out that humanity is hurtling towards destruction unless we have the collective wisdom to change course quickly. Here is a link to the article:

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John Scales Avery

The Ambio article was written as part of the preparation of a meeting of Nobel Prize winners to discuss the state of the planet. The virtual meeting will be held on April 26-28, 2021.

We Must Achieve a Steady-State Economic System

A steady-state economic system is necessary because neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely on a finite earth. No one can maintain that exponential industrial growth is sustainable in the long run except by refusing to look more than a short  distance into the future.

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06/04/2021

Biden’s Aggressive Foreign Policy

Human Wrongs Watch

What Joe Biden has done

Joe Biden foreign policy is essentially unchanged
Joe Biden foreign policy is essentially unchanged | Image from Wall Street International.

6 April 2021 (Wall Street International)* — We should praise Joe Biden for the good decisions that he had made during his first few months in office. He has filled positions in his cabinet with and administration with an ethnically diverse and gender balanced group of people.

For example, we can think of his new Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, who is a Native American. We can also think of his choice of Kamala Harris as his running mate. These decisions are to be applauded.

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