A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future

A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future

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ISBN-13: 9781947951051
Publisher: City Point Press
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 16 MB
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About the Author

Jonas Salk is one of the most famous and revered figures of the twentieth century.

He was the developer of the first effective vaccine to prevent polio. Almost overnight, he became internationally famous—a hero to an appreciative public. His legacy survives to this day, and his name and image are instantly recognizable to many.

In the last decades of his life, Salk devoted considerable attention to the development of an evolutionary philosophy that would be the basis for solving some of the most basic problems of humankind. He was the author of four books, including World Population and Human Values: A New Reality, written in 1981 with his son Jonathan. A New Reality is an update, revision and redesign of that title.

Since his death in 1995, Salk and his legacy continue to be well-known. A recent biography (Jonas Salk: A Life by Charlotte Jacobs, Oxford University Press 2015) was included in the New York Times list of the 100 best books of 2015.

Jonas Salk’s wish was that his ideas would continue to be disseminated so that, like a vaccine, they might have the most positive effect on the greatest number of people. The book can be seen as his vaccine.

Jonathan Salk, is Jonas’ son. A highly respected Adult and Child Psychiatrist in Los Angeles, he has lectured and taught about the theory and practice of psychiatry and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.

An experienced presenter, he has frequently spoken about his father’s work and legacy. Jonathan will be available for book tours and interviews across an array of media from radio/ TV to podcasts to lectures.

David Dewane is a journalist, architect, entrepreneur, and educator. His background is in ecologically and socially equitable design, having trained under Pliny Fisk III at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin, Texas. David is a Halcyon Fellow and has been honored as an Emerging Leader by the Design Futures Council and certified as an EVOKE Agent by the World Bank Institute.

Nobel prize winning molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn was born in Hobart on the island of Tasmania, Australia. Both of her parents were doctors. She took an early interest in animals and nature and went on to study biochemistry at the university in Melbourne. She later received her PhD from Cambridge University, England, where she also met her future husband. The couple eventually moved to Yale University in New Haven, USA, and later to the University of California in San Francisco. They have one son. Elizabeth Blackburn has taken an interest in the ethical implications of research and has contributed to the creation of a code regulating the field. Dr. Blackburn was president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, California 2016-2018. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Blackburn has received nearly every major award in science, including the Lasker, Gruber and Gairdner prizes. She was named to the TIME 100 in 2007, the magazine’s yearly list of the most influential people in the world. She is a member of numerous prestigious scientific societies, including the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and the Royal Society of London. Blackburn has shown an abiding commitment to public service in the scientific, academic and public policy arenas. She has served as president of both the American Association of Cancer Research and the American Society for Cell Biology, and has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including the influential journals Cell and Science. Helping to guide public science policy, she was a member of the Stem Cell Research Advisory Panel for the California State Legislature and a member of the President's Council of Bioethics, an advisory committee to the President of the United States. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009 was awarded jointly to Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak "for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase".

Table of Contents

Foreword 17

Preface 21

Part 1 Sigmoid Curves 29

Part 2 World Population Trendy 65

Part 3 A New Epoch 95

Part 4 Paradox and Conflict 133

Part 5 Resolution and Integration 159

Epilogue: A Favorable Outcome 217

Notes 229

Related Readings 235

Photography Credits 236

Sponsors and Resources 237

Acknowledgments 239

Special Thanks 245

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A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Dr-Bob-Rich More than 1 year ago
This is an important and though-provoking book. It sets out a rationale for the kind of life I have advocated for during the past 45 years: cooperative, in dynamic, sustainable balance with the environment, seeking win-win solutions through consensus, valuing wellbeing. I think the concepts of A New Reality need to be understood by the decision-makers of our times, including politicians and the heads of large corporations. A particularly valuable aspect is that our current world of conflict is explained. We need to understand it in order to transform society. At the same time, I find it to be completely unrealistic. Like almost all projections from the past to the future, it fails to take into account the fact that we are past the tipping point. The actions that lead to catastrophe are in our past, and we are seeing their consequences unfold, right now. Current estimates of extinction rates are 1000 times the “background rate.” If Salk & Salk are right and there is a distant future for humanity, their archeologists will probably consider us to be the plasticoferous era. We live on Poison Planet, which is driving a wide range of illnesses, and increases death and suffering. I wish I could share the authors’ hope. I read the book wishing they could convince me. But certainly while the rulers of humanity are those most to gain from using the rules of the past, there will be great difficulty in transitioning to the rules necessary to have a future. However, I return to the start. This is a wonderful book, inspirational, simple and logical. It should be necessary reading for everyone.
Sara_SunsetPark More than 1 year ago
I’m a trained researcher and was thrilled when my son came home raving about a new book he had been reading at the bookstore. He’d read the first 60 pages of it and explained it to me. He’s 16! He’s always thought about taking statistics and after reading those first 60 pages of A New Reality, he was sold. He wanted to buy it but did have the money, so it made a lovely gift for summer reading. This book is going to change how he views the world. He has not been this excited about a book in over a year. As an educator, I would recommend this book to any teacher, particularly those in math and science. We are ordering the book for our high school.