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A New Reality Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future provides a. My interview with Jonathan Salk about the reissued version of his book with his father Dr Jonas Salk UNTIL ONLY RECENTLY the whole of human history has been marked by population growth first gradual and then in the past two hundred years a sudden explosion But in the last decades of the 20th century population growth began to slow and eventually it will plateau or even declineThe moment at which growth goes from accelerating to decelerating according to a theory posited by Dr Jonas Salk and his son Jonathan Salk in their book World Population and Human Values A New Reality is called an inflection point – and would be filled with turmoil and conflict but also opportunityAlthough Salk is celebrated worldwide as the developer of one of the first successful polio vaccines the famed virologist spent many of his later years developing this theory on population growthBased on observations of biology that show population growth tends to form an sigmoid or S curve Salk predicted that worldwide population growth accelerating from less than 1 billion in 1804 to 7 billion by the end of the 20th Century would reach an inflection point and then begin to slow into a plateauSalk characterizes the time before the inflection point as Epoch A and in that period people were focused on their own betterment and achievement as necessary to capitalize on the potential for great growth But going forward after the inflection point in Epoch B people will need to be collaborative and sustainability oriented This plays out now in issues like climate change where the world must work together to combat the issueThe original publication of the Salks' book was met with little commercial success But nearly four decades on Jonathan Salk has seen many of the theories posited by his father who died in 1995 beginning to come true Salk now a psychiatrist recently spoke with US News about the revised book A New Reality Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future and how this unprecedented moment in human history will shape our future ExcerptsWhy revise and reissue this book nowIn the years since publication I noticed that a lot of the things we had thought about were coming to pass particularly in terms of adjusting sustainability and global warming but also in terms of a lot of social and political trendsThe book has a particular kind of resonance and a particular kind of relevance at this moment in time because we're really seeing the pull between two differing value systems and making decisions as a species about how we're going to deal with the future It's always been a meaningful book but I think it's particularly poignant at this moment in timeWe're passing through a point of inflection where population growth is slowing throughout the Earth and heading toward a plateau To adapt and survive in Epoch A Epoch A values – independence competition unfettered growth – were advantageous to people But after the inflection point in Epoch B different values of cooperation of interdependence of sustainability take over At the inflection point – the transition point between two sets of values – is the point at which we're living today So there's a tremendous tension between moving forward with things like global agreements interdependence cooperation internationally and then there's a whole set of people who are wanting to recruit the values of the past the Epoch A valuesWhat are some examples of conflicts that are ongoing that you attribute to us currently being at the inflection pointThe most obvious one and the easiest one to get your head around has to do with climate change allocation of resources and use of human resources We came from a period of time for centuries where it seemed like resources were unlimited with unfettered consumption and unfettered disposal of waste That began to not be so advantageous particularly in the '60s '70s '80s '90s and there was a necessity to adapt to the limitations by consuming less and by coming up with a concept of sustainabilityThings were moving in that direction and what we ran into was there's two differing values systems and two different factions one wanting to go back to the growth model and do what was comfortable for centuries before and the other looking ahead and seeing what we could do to adapt to the fact that there are limits on growth and there's a plateau and a ceiling on how much we can expandWe're in a situation where we can't continue expanding We've reached the limits of space and resources on the planet and energy Our values system based on expanding and growth which is what we had for many centuries won't work any We need to adapt to different kinds of social and political and economic models that are adapted to euilibrium as opposed to growth and that's where a concept like sustainability comes fromIt's clear that if we don't make adaptations we're going to alter the ecology of the Earth to the point where we may not be able to survive as a species But at the same time in order to adapt to that we have to take a look at the planet as interdependent and from a global point of view So that we understand that the welfare of human beings in the other part of the planet particularly in the developing world will have really important effects on our well being and that our well being is tied to the wellbeing of people and human beings all over the earthRead the rest of the interview here

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A New RealityStartling fresh new message of understanding perspective and hope. Very simple and easy to read you could finish it in an hour or two but well designed and vital book proposing that we are in a critical stage of human evolution and development shifting from an Epoch of constant and unlimited growth of populations and economies competition power individualism etc Epoch A to a new era Epoch B characterized by conservation a recognition of limits a slowing global population growth increased collaboration cooperation and collective identity Salk was not only a great scientist but a great and humane philosopher Would recommend for anyone interested in big picture ideas sustainability and the future of our species and planet

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