Articles by John Scales Avery

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(Italiano) Una carestia su vasta scala
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2022

Fra i maggiori pericoli per la civiltà umana ci sono la guerra nucleare e un mutamento climatico catastrofico, pericoli che minacciano anche la biosfera. Inoltre, siamo di fronte alla minaccia di una carestia su vasta scala, che coinvolge miliardi di persone, non solo milioni.

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Lives of Some Great Dramatists
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2022

18 Jun 2022 – I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents the lives and work of some great dramatists throughout history. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge from the following link:

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The Threat of a Large-Scale Famine
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2022

Among the greatest dangers to human civilization are nuclear war and catastrophic climate change, dangers which also threaten the biosphere. In addition to these two existential threats, humans also face the threat of an extremely large-scale famine, involving billions of people, rather than millions.

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Homo Sapiens
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2022

A Book Announcement – Humans, in their arrogance, call themselves “Homo sapiens sapiens”, the “wisest of the wise”! Admittedly, our species has enormous technical, cultural, and scientific progress to its credit. But wisdom? That is another matter entirely.

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Social Systems in Scandinavia
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2022

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist. When asked to explain, he says that he believes that the United States would benefit from having a social system more like those found in the Scandinavian countries.

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Lives in Prehistory
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2022

30 Apr 2022 – I announce the publication of a book that describes the early history of the earth and the evolution of humans. It may be downloaded and circulated free of charge.

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Eliminating the Causes of War
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Apr 2022

I would like to announce the publication of a new book, which discusses the causes of war, and how they may be eliminated. The book may be downloaded  and circulated free of charge.

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The Urgent Need for Climate Action
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

One reason that the Glasgow Climate conference failed so miserably to produce urgently needed climate action was that humans tend to react to what is close to them. Money to pay the rent is urgent, while a climate catastrophe seems to be a distant threat. A second reason is cultural inertia.

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Lives in the Middle Ages
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2022

19 Mar 2022 – I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents many aspects of culture in the Middle Ages. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge.

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We Must Abolish Nuclear Weapons
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Mar 2022

In addition to illegally invading Ukraine, Russian leaders have put their nuclear forces on high alert, thus illegally threatening nuclear war. This recent crisis emphasizes the urgent need for the world to somehow rid itself of nuclear weapons before human civilization is destroyed by them, together with much of the biosphere.

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Corporations versus Democracy
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2022

1 Mar 2022 – I would like to announce the publication of a new book, which discusses the ways in which giant corporations control both governments and media, thus undermining democracy. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge.

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What Russia Wants
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Feb 2022

Both Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Secretary Sergey Laverov have repeatedly stated that Russia does not intend to invade Ukraine. Logic also tells us that if they had wished to do so, they would have done it long ago. The threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is a western invention.

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Lives in the Renaissance
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Feb 2022

18 Feb 2022 – I would like to announce the publication of a book that presents many aspects of science and culture in the Renaissance (meaning “Re-birth”), a period of excitement and innovation in Europe. It may be downloaded and circulated free of charge.

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Attacks on Democracy in the United States
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Feb 2022

11 Feb 2022 – The worst crime of the Republican Party is obstruction of action to prevent catastrophic climate change, which Donald Trump called “a hoax” pulling the US out of the Paris Agreement. Trump’s party continues to echo his denialism and his obstruction of climate action.

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(Italiano) Ostaggi del militarismo
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jan 2022

28 Gennaio 2022 – I nostri “Ministeri della Difesa” ci difendono davvero? Assolutamente no! Il lor stesso nome è una bugia. C’è pericolo che il nostro mondo, con tutta la sua bellezza e la preziosità che contiene, venga distrutto da questo cinico gioco per il potere e il denaro in cui i civili sono ostaggi del militarismo. Lasceremo che succeda?

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Warnings from the Poles
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jan 2022

I would like to announce the publication of a new book, which discusses worrying recent developments in the Antarctic and the Arctic, which warn us of catastrophic consequences if we neglect urgent climate action. The book may be downloaded free of charge from the following link:

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The Illegality of NATO
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jan 2022

28 Jan 2022 – Russia understandably fears the eastward expansion of NATO. Recently NATO countries, led by the United States, have supplied arms to  Ukraine. There is a threat that the tensions building up in the region will lead to war. Such a development would be catastrophic for the entire world. Against this backdrop, we examine the question of NATO’s illegality.

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We Are Militarism’s Hostages
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jan 2022

Do our “Defense Departments” really defend us? Absolutely not! Their very title is a lie. There is a danger that our world, with all the beauty and value that it contains, will be destroyed by this cynical game for power and money, in which civilians are militarism’s hostages. Will we let this happen?

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Lives in the 20th Century
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jan 2022

6 Jan 2022 – Human History as Cultural History – I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents many aspects of science and culture in the 20th century. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge.

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(Italiano) La minaccia di una carestia diffusa entro metà secolo
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jan 2022

23 Dicembre 2021 – A meno che vengano fatti sforzi per stabilizzare e infine ridurre la popolazione globale, c’è una grave minaccia che il cambiamento climatico, la crescita demografica e la fine dell’era dei combustibili fossili possano combinarsi nel produrre una carestia di casta scala per la metà del secolo in corso.

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Humanity’s Massive Footprint on the Face of Nature
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jan 2022

I would like to announce the publication of a new book which discusses the reasons for our human encroachment on the earth’s ecological systems, and the possible consequences if we do not take steps to correct the problem. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge.

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Lives in the 17th Century
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Dec 2021

I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents many aspects of science and culture in the 17th century. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge.

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The Threat of a Large-Scale Famine
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Dec 2021

The Threat of a Large-Scale Global Famine by the Middle of the 21st Century

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Let’s Get Money out of Politics
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Nov 2021

Why COP26 Failed Future Generations – In discussing the threat of catastrophic climate change, we need to be aware of the contrast between the short-term future and the long-term future. Unless we take immediate and drastic action, we risk passing environmental tipping points, beyond which uncontrollable feedback loops will take over, making human efforts useless.

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Tasks for the Future
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Nov 2021

A New Freely Downloadable Book – Today the world is facing several threats, and to avoid them we need to act. The greatest threats are catastrophic climate change and thermonuclear war, but a large-scale global famine also has to be considered.

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Lives in the Ancient World
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Nov 2021

13 Nov 2021 – I would like to announce the publication of a book that presents many aspects of science and culture in the ancient world. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge.

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(Italiano) Bugie che hanno condotto a guerre
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Nov 2021

3 Nov 2021 – Avviene molto spesso che capi politici dicano bugie per ottenere sostegno pubblico prima di dare inizio a guerre. Per esempio, Adolf Hitler mentì sulla persecuzione di minoranze tedesche per giustificare le sue invasioni di Polonia e Cecoslovacchia. Ecco le bugie che hanno condotto a guerre.

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Money and Politics
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Nov 2021

A New Freely Downloadable Book – Many countries that call themselves democracies are actually oligarchies, controlled by the richest members of society. This is because the votes of politicians can be bought. It would be highly desirable to sever the connection between money and politics, but the task of doing so is very difficult.

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Lives in the 18th Century
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Nov 2021

29 Oct 2021 – Human History as Cultural History – I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents many aspects of science and culture during the 18th century. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge.

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Lies That Led to Wars
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Nov 2021

Very often political leaders tell lies to gain public support to start wars. For example, Adolf Hitler lied about the persecution of German minorities to justify his invasions of Poland and Czechoslovakia, which marked the start of World War II. Approximately 75 million people were killed during the war, including about 40 million civilians, many of whom died because of deliberate genocide, massacres, mass-bombings, disease, and starvation.

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(Italiano) L’utilizzo di combustibili fossili deve cessare
John Scales Avery | Centro Studi Sereno Regis - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Oct 2021

15 Ottobre 2021 – Il rapporto di 4.000 pagine del Comitato Internazionale sul Cambiamento Climatico afferma che “Abbiamo necessità di un cambiamento trasformativo che agisca sui processi e i comportamenti a tutti i livelli: individuale, comunitario, aziendale, istituzionale e governativo. Dobbiamo ridefinire il nostro modo di vivere e i consumi”.

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Use of Fossil Fuels Must Stop
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Oct 2021

The IPCC Report states that, “We need transformational change operating on processes and behavior at all levels: individual, communities, business, institutions and governments. We must redefine our way of life and consumption.”

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Problems with Capitalism
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Oct 2021

We need a new economic system. Capitalism is driving us towards disaster.

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Lives in the 19th Century
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Oct 2021

30 Sep 2021 – Human History as Cultural History – I announce the publication of a book that presents many aspects of science and culture during the 19th century. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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Who Is My Neighbor?
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Sep 2021

I would like to announce the publication of a book which discusses religious ethics and cosmology. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge.

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Terrorism: A False Threat
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Sep 2021

10 Sep 2021 – Twenty years after the events of 9/11 2001, and in the midst of the messy withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan, it seems appropriate to question the validity of the so-called “War on Terror”.

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Lives in Biology
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Sep 2021

I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents the historical development of biological science and evolutionary thought. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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(Italiano) Predizioni del futuro
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. | Centro Studi Sereno Regis - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Aug 2021

Herbert George Wells (1866-1946), scrittore inglese estremamente prolifico che scrisse romanza, novella, libri di storia, manuali di biologia, scenari utopici e così via, è stato chiamato “lo Shake-speare della fantascienza”. Durante la sua carriera face varie predizioni del futuro, molte fra le quali sorpendentemente precise.

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Collected Essays (volume VI)
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Aug 2021

A New Freely Downloadable Book – I would like to announce the publication of a collection of the articles and book announcements which I have written during the last two years.

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Predicting the Future
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Aug 2021

LIMITS TO GROWTH: A “healthy” economic growth rate of 4% per year  corresponds  to  an  increase  by  a  factor  of  50  in  a  century,  by  a factor of 2,500 in two centuries and 125,000 in three centuries.  No one can maintain that resource-using, waste-producing economic activities can continue to grow except by refusing to look more than a certain distance into the future.

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Climate: We Are Not Doing Enough!
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jul 2021

18 Jul 2021 – 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, the “Keeling Curve”. Despite promises made at the 2015 Paris Conference, despite global concern about the threat of catastrophic climate change, despite massive worldwide protests organized by Greta Thunberg, despite the reduced emissions resulting from the COVID-19 lockdown, the Keeling Curve continues to rise steadily, and the carbon dioxide content of the earth’s atmosphere continues to rise steadily.

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Why War?
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jun 2021

I would like to announce the publication of a book that discusses the reasons why the institution of war continues to threaten human civilization and the biosphere, as well as the steps that might be taken to rid the world of war. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge.

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Sharing Scientific Knowledge
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jun 2021

The nonviolent tradition of Shelly, Thoreau, Tolstoy, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela is international. Culture is cooperative. It is not competitive. Global cultural cooperation can lead us to a sustainable and peaceful society. Our almost miraculous modern communications media, if properly used, can give us a stable, prosperous and cooperative future society.

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A Critical Decade
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jun 2021

14 Jun 2021 – I would like to announce the publication of a book, which discusses the urgent changes that are needed to save our planet and our collective future. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge.

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The Social Responsibility of Scientists
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 May 2021

26 May 2021 – I would like to announce the publication of a book that discusses the duty of scientists and engineers in trying to prevent the catastrophes that currently threaten human society and the biosphere. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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67 Years in the Peace Movement
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 May 2021

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.

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WATER
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 May 2021

28 Apr 2021 – I would like to announce the publication of a book, which discusses the relationships between water and life. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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Biden’s Aggressive Foreign Policy
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Apr 2021

Richard Nephew, the advisor on sanctions in Biden’s State Department, is the author of a 2017 book entitled “The Art of Sanctions: A View of the Field”. He brags of the pain and suffering caused by US sanctions imposed on Iran, Venezuela and other countries. But according to international law, sanctions may not be imposed by individual countries, but only by the Security Council.

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The World as It Is–And the World as It Could Be
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Apr 2021

It was the duty of philanthropic Europeans to bring civilization and Christianity to Africa and the Americas. The mood of Europe during this orgy of external cruelty and exploitation was self-congratulatory. Can we not see a parallel with the self-congratulatory mood of the North American people and their allies, who export violence, murder, torture and neocolonialism to the whole world by thinking themselves as “exceptional”? A New Freely Downloadable Book

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Ecology and Economics
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Apr 2021

As Prof. Noam Chomsky has pointed out, greed and lack of ethics are built into the structure of corporations. By law, the CEO of a corporation must be entirely motivated by the collective greed of the stockholders. He must maximize profits. If s/he abandons this single-minded chase after corporate profits for ethical reasons, or for the sake of humanity or the biosphere or the future, s/he must, BY LAW, be fired and replaced.

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Lives in Mathematics
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Feb 2021

9 Feb 2021 – I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents the lives and work of some of the great mathematicians of history. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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(Italiano) Sfide per Joe Biden e Kamala Harris
John Scales Avery | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Feb 2021

Dopo le lodi dobbiamo anche notare le sue cattive decisioni. Molte fra le persone scelte per il suo gabinetto o per altre alte funzioni hanno ricevuto gran somme di denaro da megaziende. Molti hanno sostenuto guerra e tortura. Gran parte delle scelte di gabinetto di Biden hanno avuto posti nell’amministrazione Obama: non va abbastanza bene! Gli Stati Uniti devono rinunciare alle proprie guerre esterne aggressive e ai tentativi di raggiungere l’egemonia globale col potere militare!

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Challenges for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2021

Having praised Joe Biden for his good decisions, we must also notice his bad ones. Many of those who he chose for his cabinet, or for other high offices, have received large amounts of money from corporations. Many have supported war and torture. The United States must renounce it aggressive foreign wars and its attempts to achieve global hegemony through military power

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Our Suicidal War against Nature
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2021

Ceasefire in Our Suicidal War against Nature – Here are some quotations from a 2 Dec 2020 article by Justin Rowlatt entitled “Humans waging suicidal war on nature – UN chief Antonio Guterres”:

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Madmen and Economists
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Dec 2020

Economists (with a few notable exceptions) have long behaved as though growth were synonymous with economic health. If the gross national product of a country increases steadily by 4 percent per year, most economists express approval and say that the economy is healthy. If the economy could be made to grow still faster (they maintain), it would be still healthier.

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Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand Is at Our Throats
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2020

14 Dec 2020 – Today the world spends roughly 1,800,000,000,000 US dollars on armaments, almost 2 trillion. This vast river of money, almost too great to be imagined, flows into the pockets of arms manufacturers, and is used by them to control governments, which in turn vote for bloated military budgets and aggressive foreign policies which provoke the endless crises and conflicts that are necessary to justify the diversion of such vast sums of money from urgently-needed social goals into the bottomless pit of war.

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Ethics for the Future
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2020

In all terrestrial organisms, information is transmitted between generations by means of the genetic code; and genetic evolution takes place through natural selection acting on modifications of this code. In human cultural evolution, information is also transmitted between generations by means of language and writing. This second mode of evolution gave our species enormous adaptive advantages.

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Human Society and the Biosphere
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Nov 2020

28 Nov 2020 – According to a recent UN report, more than a million species of plants and animals are currently threatened with extinction because of human activities. Rates of extinction today are as much as 1,000 times greater than the normal background rate. What about our own species? Are we too threatened with extinction?

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A History of the Earth
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2020

I announce the publication of a new book, in which I have tried to sketch human history, from earliest times until the present, against a cosmic backdrop. Current problems, such as the threats of catastrophic climate change, thermonuclear war, pandemics and large-scale famine are also discussed. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge.

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The Road Not Taken
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2020

30 Oct 2020 – I would like to announce the publication of a new book. It discusses the role of what might be called decision trees in science, in linguistics, in philosophy and literature, and in our daily lives. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge from the following link:

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A Critical U.S. Election
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

Why the 2020 Election Is So Important

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Ye Are Many, They Are Few!
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2020

A New Freely Downloadable Book – I would like to announce the publication of a new book, which discusses the question of how oligarchs maintain their grasp on an excessive share of wealth and power when, as Shelley pointed out, the have-nots are many, while the power-holders are few.

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Our World Is Burning
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

4 Oct 2020 – In order to save human civilization and the biosphere from the most catastrophic effects of climate change we need to act immediately. Fossil fuels must be left below the ground. Forests must be left above the ground and saved from destruction for beef or palm oil production.

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(Italiano) L’impatto Ecologico del Militarismo
John Scales Avery | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

La crisi di civiltà cui siamo oggi di fronte è stata prodotta dalla rapidità di sviluppo della scienza e della tecnologia. Le nostre istituzioni e idee si adattano troppo lentamente al cambiamento. La grande sfida che la storia ha posto per la nostra generazione è il compito di costruire nuove strutture politiche internazionali che siano in armonia con la tecnologia moderna.

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The Ecological Impact of Militarism
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2020

Those who say that there is not enough money to finance the Green New Deal forget the unimaginable amounts of money wasted, or worse than wasted, on militarism. We must divert this vast river of money from its present evil use to the constructive task of saving our planet from the existential threat of catastrophic climate change.

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Remembering the 1960’s
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2020

Those of us who lived through that era remember it as a time when the danger of a nuclear war between the USA and the USSR was very real indeed. The world came extremely close to disaster during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In response to the threat of nuclear destruction, millions of people all over the world took to the streets.

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Vote by Mail: An Alternative to the USPS
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2020

Let us suppose that the November election approaches and the US Post office is unable to deliver mail-in votes. Is there any other way that these votes can be delivered? I believe that there are some possibilities.

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The ICC’s Enormous Importance
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jul 2020

The essential difference between a confederation and a federation, both of them unions of states, is that a federation has the power to make and to enforce laws that act on individuals, rather than attempting to coerce states. Our present United Nations is a confederation attempting to coerce states with sanctions that are “applied to people collectively and not individually.” The ICC acts on individuals, rather than attempt to coerce states.

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Human Nature
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2020

17 Jul 2020 – What is human nature? Are we humans good or evil? To what extent is the character of a person produced by heredity and to what extent by environment? Is competition more central to our existence than cooperation, or is it the other way around? How can a happy, peaceful and stable society be created? Are humans essentially the same as other animals, or are we fundamentally different? Should humans dominate and control nature, or should we be the custodians of nature?

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Malthus Revisited
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020

I would like to announce the publication of a book, which discusses the excessive weight that our total human population and economy has imposed on the global environment. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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Crisis Means Danger and Opportunity
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2020

The present crisis will undoubtedly lead to great change, but will it be takeovers by neo-fascist leaders such as Trump? Or will the change be social reforms, such as those initiated in Denmark by Stauning? Will the Green New Deal be part of our recovery from the present economic crisis? We stand at a critical point in history. Each of us has the duty to strive with all our strength to persuade our societies to make the right choice.

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Benefits of Equality
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2020

3 Jun 2020 – I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents evidence supporting the thesis that elimination of excessive economic inequality makes societies happier and better. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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Lives in Education
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2020

I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents the history of education, from early times until the present, and in many different civilizations. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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Living Together in Peace
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 May 2020

The UN has designated 16 May as Living Together in Peace day. It therefore seems appropriate to mark this day by discussing the reasons why war must be eliminated as a human institution. On our small but beautiful Earth, made small by technology, made beautiful by nature, there is room for one group only: the family of humankind.

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Peace Education
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2020

The United Nations has designated the 16th of May as a day devoted to Living Together in Peace. It therefore seems appropriate to discuss the need for reforming our educational systems so that they will prepare young people for international cooperation and harmony rather than for participation in aggressive wars.

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Trump Must Be Defeated!
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2020

There is so much wrong with Donald Trump that one hardly knows where to start. He is a bully, braggart, narcissist, racist, misogynist, habitual liar, and tax evader, in addition to being demonstrably ignorant. He has contempt for both domestic and international law, as well as for the US Constitution. However, it is Trump’s climate change denial, withdrawal from the Paris agreement, and sponsorship of fossil fuels that pose the greatest threats to the future of human society and the biosphere.

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Rebuilding after Corona
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2020

15 Apr 2020 – I announce the publication of a book that discusses the changes that we must make to create a better world after the pandemic has ended. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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We Need Solidarity, Not Sanctions
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

10 Apr 2020 – According to the United Nations Charter, only the Security Council may impose sanctions. No individual nation may do so. Nevertheless, the United States currently imposes economic sanctions on Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Cuba, Venezuela, Belarus, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Somalia, South Sudan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yemen and Zimbabwe. Besides violating the UN Charter, these unilaterally imposed sanctions also violate the Fourth Geneva Convention.

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Short-Term and Long-Term Futures
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

28 Mar 2020 – There is a remarkable contrast in the way that governments around the world have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and the way that they have responded to the climate emergency. The pandemic, which indeed represents an extremely grave danger to humanity, has produced a massive global response.

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Lives in Poetry
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents an historical anthology of the poems of some of the world’s great poets, from very early times until the present, and from many countries and cultures. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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A COVID-19 Vaccine Quickly and Cheaply
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Mar 2020

16 Mar 2020 – How monoclonal antibody techniques may be used to produce the vaccine, and how gene-splicing may then be used to mass-produce it inexpensively.

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Linked Dangers to Civilization
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Mar 2020

12 Mar 2020 – I would like to announce the publication of a book that discusses the most serious dangers which the world faces today. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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Lives in Painting
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.

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Linked Dangers
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

Many of the serious dangers that we face today can be addressed by reforming our economic systems. Greed-sanctioning and growth-worshipping economics, the economics that has led to intolerable economic inequality, must be replaced by steady-state economics, and with the reforms that we can observe in present-day Scandinavia.

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Collected Essays, Volume V
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2020

A New Freely-Downloadable Book – The book contains articles on the serious problems that are facing the world today.

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Kicking the Habit
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

10 Feb 2020 – The Industrial Revolution marked the start of a massive human use of fossil fuels. The stored energy from several hundred million years of plant growth began to be used at roughly a million times the rate at which it had been formed. The effect on human society was like that of a narcotic. There was a euphoric (and totally unsustainable) surge of growth of both population and industrial production.

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Climate Change Means Lifestyle Change
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Feb 2020

28 Jan 2020 – The nonviolent tradition of Shelly, Thoreau, Tolstoy, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela is international. Culture is cooperative. It is not competitive. Global cultural cooperation can lead us to a sustainable and peaceful society. Our almost miraculous modern communications media, if properly used, can give us a stable, prosperous and cooperative future society. A New Freely Downloadable Book

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Lives in Engineering
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

23 Jan 2020 – At present, history is taught as though power struggles were its most important aspect. Furthermore, the present teaching of history is indoctrination in nationalism. We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.

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Greed Is Driving Us towards Disaster
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jan 2020

The greed of giant fossil fuel corporations is driving us towards a tipping point after which human efforts to control climate change will be futile because feedback loops will have taken over. The greed of the military industrial complex is driving us towards a Third World War that might develop into a catastrophic thermonuclear war. The greed of our financial institutions is also driving us towards economic collapse.

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Lives in Astronomy
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jan 2020

3 Jan 2020 – At present, history is taught as though power struggles were its most important aspect. Furthermore, the present teaching of history is indoctrination in nationalism. We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.

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Attacks on Iran–Past and Present
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2020

On Fri 3 Jan 2020, progressives in the United States and all peace-loving people throughout the world were horrified to learn that Donald Tromp had added to his long list of crimes and imbecilities by ordering the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, who is a hero in his own country, Iran.

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Terrorism: A False Threat
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

19 Dec 2019 – Is the threat of terrorism real? Or is it like the barking of a dog driving a herd? The threat of catastrophic climate change is very real indeed. The threat to future global food security is real too. Millions starve. Millions die yearly from preventable diseases. Millions die as a consequence of wars. Compared with these numbers, the total count of terrorist victims is vanishingly small. It is even invisible compared with the number of people killed yearly in automobile accidents.

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Feedback Loops
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

Moore’s Law: The growth of knowledge feeds on itself. The number of scientific papers published each year is increasing exponentially. This would be all to the good but because of institutional and cultural inertia the exponentially accelerating rate of technical innovation is threatening to shake human society to pieces. We need new global institutions of governance and new global ethics to match our new technology.

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Our Children’s Future
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

We are faced with the threat of an environmental mega catastrophe, of which the danger of catastrophic climate change is a part. We also face the threat of an all-destroying nuclear war. And because of population growth there is a danger that by the middle of the present century a very large-scale famine could take the lives of as many as a billion people.

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Criticism of Israel Is Not Antisemitism
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

We can acknowledge the great contributions of Jewish culture and brilliant Jewish individuals and at the same time criticize the state of Israel. There is much to criticize. The international community was unanimous in condemning apartheid in South Africa, but the state of Israel has pursued a policy of apartheid as cruel as that of South Africa – or perhaps even worse.

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Fighting for America’s Soul
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

Today there is a deep split in public opinion in the United States. Democratic institutions are in danger from racism and neo-fascism. Progressives are fighting to save the values and institutions on which their country was founded. They are fighting to save America’s soul.

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Cultural History
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

Human nature has two sides: It has a dark side, to which nationalism and militarism appeal; but our species also has a genius for cooperation, which we can see in the growth of culture. Our modern civilization has been built up by means of a worldwide exchange of ideas and inventions. A New Freely Downloadable Book

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The Passions of Mankind
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2019

I would like to announce the publication of a book which discusses human emotions from an evolutionary perspective. The book consists mainly of book chapters and articles that I have previously published, although some new material has been added. It can be freely downloaded and circulated.

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We Need Peace in the Middle East
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Oct 2019

Stress can produce conflict. For example shortages of food or water can lead to regional wars. But wars only make original problems worse. Today the world is facing a number of severe problems, and solidarity will be needed to minimize the suffering with which we and future generations are threatened. The problems include shortages of fresh water, rising temperatures due to climate change, and food insecurity. Let us look at some of the problems in detail:

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Trump’s Major Crimes
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Oct 2019

1 Oct 2019 – The long-delayed impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump are finally starting, but at present the focus is on a relatively minor crime–the Ukraine/Biden scandal. However, Trump has committed (and is still committing) major crimes and these ought to be in the spotlight. Let us look at a few of them.

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