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The Knowledge Drive: Confronting Mythological Beliefs

Bardon, MD, Edward J.

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ISBN 10: 1598586335 / ISBN 13: 9781598586336
Published by Dog Ear Publishing, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A., 2008
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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"THE KNOWLEDGE DRIVE is an optimistic book that demonstrates how new, more accurate information conveys survival value and inevitably supplants our dysfunctional mythological beliefs.Dr. Barton analyzes how our quest for knowledge is a basic human drive similar to the sex and nourishment drives. It arises from our survival instinct and is not based on moral or altruistic factors. Along with establishing knowledge as a source of power, the author discusses the Knowledge Drive from many other perspectives: its various motivations; the fact that it can be used for many purposes, its various motivations; the fact that it can be used for many purposes, even destructive one; how it learns from adversity; how it often exacerbates inequality; and how it does not solve social problems unless given the necessary direction." This book has 243 pages. The text contains NO internal marks whatsoever. Overall, a FINE copy of this SCARCE title. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 063599

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Title: The Knowledge Drive: Confronting ...

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Pictorial Softcover

Book Condition:Fine

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The Knowledge Drive is an optimistic book that demonstrates how new, more accurate information conveys survival value and inevitably supplants our dysfunctional mythological beliefs. Before there was time for the accumulation of knowledge, early man created legends and religious myths to "understand" the world and ease the paralyzing awareness of his own mortality and the fear of natural forces beyond his control. We are increasingly aware of how these magical beliefs can lead to divisive religious practices, violence, and mans' continuing inhumanity to fellow man. Change is clearly needed. Now, rapid advances in many fields are giving us the techniques to modify our evolution and curtail our virulence. We can establish a more universal, equitable morality based on more accurate intelligence about our origins and place in the universe. Nevertheless, it is up to us as a species to choose our own future directions. We are thus in charge of our own destiny, a threatening thought to many. No prayers or appeals to magical forces will help. Dr. Bardon analyzes how our quest for knowledge is a basic human drive similar to the sex and nourishment drives. It arises from our survival instinct and is not based on moral or altruistic factors. Along with establishing knowledge as a source of power, the author discusses the Knowledge Drive from many other perspectives: its various motivations; the fact that it can be used for many purposes, even destructive ones; how it learns from adversity; how it often exacerbates inequality; and how it does not solve social problems unless given the necessary direction. Dr. Bardon looks at the multiple forces aligned against our efforts to obtain more reliable information. He shows how the Knowledge Drive not only triumphs over but also learns from these negative elements. Warnings about the fragility of our search for knowledge are misguided-it is rather the people mired in mythology who are vulnerable and need our compassion.

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