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The Universe Within
The excerpt is taken from The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos by Neil Turok, copyright 2012. Reproduced with permission from House of Anansi Press, Toronto. houseofanansi.com

"Through a deeper appreciation of the universe and our ability to comprehend it, not just scientists but everyone can gain. At a minimum, the magnificent cosmos provides some perspective on our parochial, human-created problems, be they social or political. Nature is organized in better ways, from which we can learn. The love of nature can bring us together and help us to appreciate that we are part of something far greater than ourselves. This sense of belonging, responsibility, and common cause brings with it humility, compassion, and wisdom. Society has too often been content to live off the fruits of science, without understanding it. Scientists have too often been happy to be left alone to do their science without thinking about why they are doing it. It is time to connect our science to our humanity, and in so doing to raise the sights of both. If we can only link our intelligence to our hearts, the doors are wide open to a brighter future, to a more unified planet with more unified science: to quantum technologies that extend our perception, to breakthroughs allowing us to access and utilize energy more cleverly, and to travel in space that opens new worlds.”

“What a privilege it is to be alive. Truly, we are faced with the opportunity of all time."

 
     
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The Secret History of the War on Cancer
By Devra Davis
Basic Books, New York, NY, February-2009

Epidemiologist Devra Davis, director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and an environmental advisor to Newsweek, argues in her book, The Secret History of the War on Cancer, that efforts are not focused on the “right” battles.

Dr. Davis insists that progress has been lost as governments placate and cover up for industries that pollute and contaminate the environment with carcinogens and that more attention should be focused on environmental risks for this disease.

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The Dream of the Earth book
The Dream of the Earth
By Thomas Berry
Counterpoint Press, Berkeley, CA, 2015

Noted cultural historian Thomas Berry provides nothing less than a new intellectual-ethical framework for the human community by positing planetary well-being as the measure of all human activity.

Drawing on the wisdom of Western philosophy, Asian thought, and Native American traditions, as well as contemporary physics and evolutionary biology, Berry offers a new perspective that recasts our understanding of science, technology, politics, religion, ecology, and education.

 
   
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Altered Genes, Twisted Truth
 
 
By Steven Druker
Clear River Press, Salt Lake City, UT, March-2015; distributed by Chelsea Green Publishing: chelseagreen.com

In her foreword to Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, Dr. Jane Goodall commends it for countering the disinformation and providing much-needed clarity. She states:

“I shall urge everyone I know who cares about life on Earth, and the future of their children, and children’s children, to read it. It will go a long way toward dispelling the confusion and delusion that has been created regarding the genetic engineering process and the foods it produces. Steven Druker is a hero. He deserves at least a Nobel Prize.”

This book uncovers the biggest scientific fraud of our age.

 

 

 

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Project Animal Farm
By Sonia Faruqi
WW Norton, July-2015

Sonia Faruqi had it all--an Ivy League degree and a job on Wall Street. But when the banking industry collapsed, she found herself with extra time on her hands. The night she arrived at a small organic dairy farm would change her life for the better, although it didn't seem that way in the beginning.

Using her finance background to forecast the future of agriculture, Faruqi discusses the changes we need to make--using our forks and our votes.

Project Animal Farm sheds light on the international agribusiness, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of farm animals here at home.

 

 

 

Boiling Point
Boiling Point
By Maude Barlow
ECW Press, Toronto, ON
September, 2016

We are complacent. We bask in the idea that Canada holds 20% of the world’s fresh water — water crises face other countries, but not ours.

We could not be more wrong. In Boiling Point, bestselling author and activist Maude Barlow lays bare the issues facing Canada’s water reserves, including long-outdated water laws, unmapped and unprotected groundwater reserves, agricultural pollution, industrial-waste dumping, boil-water advisories, and the effects of deforestation and climate change.

 

 

 

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The China Price
By Alex Harney
Penguin Publishing Group, January-2009

In The China Price, acclaimed Financial Times correspondent Alex Harney uncovers the truth about how China is able to offer such amazingly low prices to the rest of the world.

What she has discovered is a brutal, Hobbesian world in which intense pricing pressure from Western companies combines with ubiquitous corruption and a lack of transparency to exact an unseen and unconscionable toll in human misery and environmental damage.

A landmark eyewitness exposé of how China's factory economy competes for Western business by selling out its workers, its environment, and its future.