John Scales Avery
World Peace Activist | Author | Professor
John was part of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs that shared the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize for their work. He is also Chairman of the Danish Peace Academy. John is currently theoretical chemist at the University of Copenhagen.
We must urgently address the problem of climate change and we must shift money from military expenditure to the support of birth control programs and agricultural research
John Avery tries to contrast the world that we experience today, filled with terrifying existential threats, such as catastrophic climate change, pandemics, all-destroying nuclear war, and the threat of large-scale famine, with the world that we would wish it to be
Today, our greed-based, war addicted and growth-obsessed economic system poses even greater threats than it did during the early phases of the Industrial Revolution.
This book by John Scales Avery addresses the question of how oligarchs maintain their grasp on an excessive share of wealth and power when, as Shelley points out, the have-nots are many, while the power-holders are few.
The survival of civilization can only be ensured if we are able to abolish destructive weapons and the institution of war. We must develop a new global ethic, which will replace our narrow loyalties by loyalty to humanity as a whole.
This book by John Scales Avery will be of interest to students and researchers in mathematics, physics and theoretical chemistry. The book especially emphasizes the relativistic treatment of resonance energy transfer.
This book traces the history of how humans explored and settled in the entire earth, and in our own times even reached out farther, exploring the outermost parts of the solar system.
Conflicting answers have been given by philosophers, scientists and religious leaders over the centuries about the human nature. These answers will be reviewed and discussed in this book by John Scales Avery
Many people maintain that because both our food supply and the global population of humans have grown so enormously, Malthus was wrong. However, John Scales Avery believes that we still must listen to the warning voice of Malthus
“If Trump is a symptom, what is the disease?” One often encounters this interesting question in alternative media articles. I think that at least part of the answer is “Excessive economic inequality”.
Education is an investment that gives dividends. The life of a knowledge worker is extremely interesting and rewarding. 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.
In this book, John Scales Avery 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.
In this book, John Scales Avery explores the following issues: dangers from COVID-19, catastrophic climate change, the danger of thermonuclear war, the danger of widespread famine, the global refugee crisis, the loss of democratic institutions, apocalyptic loss of biodiversity, and intolerable economic inequality.
Science and engineering have combined to give humans mastery over nature. This latest book by John Scales Avery traces that historical development, looking mainly at the contributions of engineering.
The book deals with the the current 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.
This book reviews the lives and thoughts of some of the women and men who have addressed the crucial problems of ecology and sustainability that we are currently facing. We need their voices today!
In this book, the lives of some of the women and men who have contributed to economic thought are sketched. Their ideas can help us today, as the world faces a crisis that has both economic and ecological dimensions.
It is not an impossible goal to think of enlarging the already-large groups of the modern world to include all of humanity. On our small but beautiful earth, made small by technology, made beautiful by nature, there is room for one group only: the all-inclusive family of humankind.
Since rapid and fundamental changes are urgently needed to save the future, it is perhaps not an exaggeration to speak of the need for an ecological revolution. However, it must be a non-violent revolution.
This book is about our search for truth. How can we distinguish truth from falsehood in a world where government controlled and corporation controlled mass media use distractions, omissions, lies and propaganda to manipulate us?
It is a collection of articles and book chapters that John Scales Avery has written about the way in which military-industrial complexes throughout the world drive and perpetuate the institution of war. A considerable amount of new material has also been added.
Regardless of whether the earth has a special importance when viewed on the scale of our fathomless universe, it is certainly important to us, and to the plants and animals with which we share the gift of life
In this book, John Scales Avery discusses evolution, artificial life, religious opposition to evolution, horrors linked to social Darwinism, the need for human solidarity and more.
Unless efforts are made to stabilize and ultimately reduce global population, there is a serious threat that climate change, population growth, and the end of the fossil fuel era could combine to produce a large-scale famine by the middle of the 21st century
This book is a collection of articles and book chapters that John Scales Avery has written advocating the abolition of nuclear weapons. Some new material has also been added, for example a discussion of the Nuclear Weapons Convention which has recently been adopted by an overwhelming majority vote at the United Nations General Assembly.
This book is a collection of photos and descriptions documenting the period from 1926 to 1950 when my family spent many years in the Middle East. We were impressed with the high culture and enormous hospitality of the people whom we met, both in Beirut and in Tehran.
Looking beneath the surface of today’s news stories, we can discern an explosive mixture – Space Space-Age-Science-and-Stone-Age-Politicsage science and stone age politics. This book discusses the tensions created by the rapid rate of scientific and technological change, contrasted with the slow rate of change of our political institutions.
This book describes the links between the serious problems that are facing the world today – threats to the environment, growing population coupled with vanishing resources, intolerable economic inequality and the threat of nuclear war – and it proposes holistic solutions.
This book is a collection of biographical sketches showing people whose wise voices from the past can help to guide us today. All of the women and men, brief glimpses of whose lives and ideas are portrayed here, gave a high place to compassion. None of them was a slave to greed. We need their voices today!
This work traces the history of a debate which took place among the economists, political philosophers and writers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, about whether the benefits of scientific progress would be nullified by the growth of the global population.
It is clear that our present economic system is unsustainable. Never-ending exponential industrial growth on a finite planet is a logical absurdity. We are already using resources at a rate which it would take 1.6 planet earths to replace. We are already undermining the ecological systems which support all of life. Our present economic system has led to an unbelievable degree of economic inequality.
This highly interdisciplinary book discusses the phenomenon of life, including its origin and evolution (and also human cultural evolution), against the background of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and information theory. Among the central themes is the seeming contradiction between the second law of thermodynamics and the high degree of order and complexity produced by living systems.
Modern civilization faces a broad spectrum of daunting problems, but rational solutions are available for them all. This book explores the following issues: (1) Threats to the environment and climate change; (2) a growing population and vanishing resources; (3) the global food and refugee crisis; (4) intolerable economic inequality; (5) the threat of nuclear war; (6) the military-industrial complex; and (7) limits to growth. These problems are closely interlinked, and their possible solutions are discussed in this book.
The latest advancements and discoveries in science have made, and continue to make, a huge impact on our lives. This book is a history of the social impact of science and technology from the beginnings of civilization up to the present. The book explains how the key inventions: agriculture, writing and printing with movable type, initiated an explosive growth of knowledge and human power over the environment. It also shows how the Industrial Revolution changed the relationship between humans and nature, and initiated a massive use of fossil fuels.
The future well-being of human society depends on how we we manage our global supply of fresh water. This book by John Scales Avery discusses various aspects of the relationship of water with human society, and with all life on planet earth.
John Scales Avery has a long history of working on causes of peace, economic equality, and helping us think of what a better world could look like. Here he shares his experience of working in the peace movement for almost seven decades