The Human Journey
For the last three years, ISHK is developing a new project under the direction of our President Robert Ornstein with contributions from associates of ISHK. It is a new website called The Human Journey www.humanjourney.us. In it we attempt to provide a basis of information to the general public about what it means to be human: our capacities, our weaknesses, our potential.
If we don’t know our history, social and biological, we can’t adapt fully to a world that we made.
Of course one website, especially one helmed by a small group of people in a small institute, can’t be comprehensive. So we are concentrating on a few areas where information isn’t represented well. And there is so much work published, streamed along the internet, that we’ve also recommended many of the most useful works in print, on the web and on disk.Topics include:
The Human Legacy
OUR DISTANT ANCESTORS Humans first appeared in east Africa millions of years ago, and from there spread throughout the world.
OUT OF AFRICA
Turning Points in Human Thought
Human beings are a problem-solving animal. As with our physical evolution, our mental evolution occurs in response to problems. In this section of the human journey review the development of human thought, tracing its journey to contemporary Western religious and spiritual thought.
AXIAL AGE THOUGHT
POST-AXIAL AGE THOUGHT
The Road to Now
Guns, Germs, and Steel Support for the claim that Eurasians had geographical and ecological advantages that gave them a head start on the rest of the world.
The Axemaker’s Gift How discoveries and innovations drive adaption and change.
1491 How the impact of European contact with the Americas altered the ecological dynamics.
STILL IN DEVELOPMENT FOR THIS PART ARE THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS:INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING AND EMPATHY
In the Developing world.RENEWABLE ENERGY
In the Developed world.
The human community has increased 40 fold since the time of Christ, and almost half have energy use undreamt of in that time.
So we must create a shift in understanding about the way we use the earth.