Thought-provoking, informative and educational: the 48 free books by John Scales Avery

BOOKS ON SERIOUS GLOBAL PROBLEMS, by John Scales Avery


I electronically met John years ago, and we quickly discovered a huge overlap in our philosophy, interests and motivations, only he has a far more distinguished record of achievements. If you want to be impressed check out his personal background here or here.

John is a highly competent scientist, writer, historian and philosopher, but he is terrible at marketing and publicity. I have been badgering him to cook up his own website, but he ain’t got one yet. So, here are the links to freely downloadable books.

Several of the books are long, but they start with a brief summary, and a table of contents. I recommend reading the books in full, so you don’t take John’s word for anything but assess his evidence and arguments. But if this is too much for you, even in lockdown, then at least read the summary of each.

1. Books about global problems

BENEFITS OF EQUALITY

CLIMATE CHANGE MEANS LIFESTYLE CHANGE

CLIMATE CHANGE, POPULATION GROWTH, AND FAMINE

THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY: TWO TIME SCALES

CRISIS 21: CIVILIZATION’S CRISIS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

THE DEVIL’S DYNAMO

ETHICS AND EVOLUTION

FASCISM, THEN AND NOW

FIGHTING FOR AMERICA’S SOUL

HUMAN NATURE

THE INFORMATION EXPLOSION

LINKED DANGERS TO CIVILIZATION

MALTHUS REVISITED

MONEY, MEDIA AND CLIMATE CHANGE

THE NEED FOR A NEW ECONOMIC SYSTEM

NUCLEAR WEAPONS: AN ABSOLUTE EVIL

OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE

THE PASSIONS OF MANKIND

POPULATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT

REBUILDING AFTER CORONA

SAVING THE FUTURE

SEARCHING FOR TRUTH

SPACE-AGE SCIENCE AND STONE-AGE POLITICS

TERRORISM: A FALSE THREAT

WE NEED AN ECOLOGICAL REVOLUTION

WE NEED THEIR VOICES TODAY

WHERE DO WE COME FROM?

A WORLD FEDERATION

2. Books on cultural history.

(I think that history should be taught with less emphasis on war and conflict, and more on the slow progress of human culture and knowledge, to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.)

LIVES IN ASTRONOMY

LIVES IN CHEMISTRY

LIVES IN ECOLOGY

LIVES IN ECONOMICS

LIVES IN EDUCATION

LIVES IN ENGINEERING

LIVES IN MEDICINE

LIVES IN EXPLORATION

LIVES IN PAINTING

LIVES IN THE PEACE MOVEMENT

LIVES IN PHYSICS

LIVES IN POETRY

3. Essays and recollections

COLLECTED ESSAYS, PART ONE

COLLECTED ESSAYS, PART TWO

COLLECTED ESSAYS, PART THREE

COLLECTED ESSAYS, PART FOUR

COLLECTED ESSAYS, PART FIVE

LANGUAGES AND CLASSIFICATION

MEMORIES OF BEIRUT AND TEHRAN

60 YEARS IN THE PEACE MOVEMENT

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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2 Responses to Thought-provoking, informative and educational: the 48 free books by John Scales Avery

  1. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Thank you Joan. Just before I was notified of your comment, I was unwise enough to read the news. All sorts of preventable disasters, people suffering, just so the big corporations can make profits.
    So, thanks for providing a balance.

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  2. Joan says:

    Dear Bob,
    Thank you for always sharing people and resources to help our planet.
    You are a great caregiver of our earth.

    Never Give Up
    Joan

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