THE ETERNAL FEMININE AS A SOCIAL INSTITUTION SET UP TO HELP THE SOCIETY AND ITS CONTEXT
Foundation Organizers: Ping, Ying & Pong
“There is a Crack in Everything, That is how the Light Gets In,” song by Leonard Cohen
There is a crack in contemporary society. It comes from strain built into this society from long ago and far away. It derives from a “definition” of the role of the female in society. Recent recognition of the faults in this role and thus in the society are beginning to emerge in that weak light is creeping in. The definition begins at least as early as the guidebooks for Christianity and related religions. It probably began with masculine strengths early in human development where muscles were of greater value than minds. It then continued into the religious precepts as written by men, with no interference by women. Women were depicted as weak then corrupt, and drawn to snakes.
This continued to the present as men traveled the world and women stayed at home waiting for their return, and praying for their safety. Or, waiting on the shoreline for “new” and more exciting men to arrive upon them. The light that is entering this scene via the crack in the story is the idea of the eternal feminine, and how it is more basic to understanding nature than the manliness that has declared open warfare on nature. Humans increasingly see how all systems of life depend on nature. Via this light we see how the feminine is different.
The question becomes is this difference one that will make a difference to living systems and is there still time to use this difference to correct the designated end state? In the way of both is revaluation and then timely realization. In the way of both are many cultural traditions and the societal institutions that maintain them.
Institutions are an important component of a civilized society. They allow members of a society to work to achieve well-being in a context that helps societal well-being. As such the Eternal Feminine Foundation is an exercise in institution building. Institutions ought to work to enhance societal well-being. They help to define, form and sponsor meaning in social affairs. They help define what we hold in common as true, not true, valuable and dangerous to life. The eternal feminine is to be part of this process.
Follow in a painting done twenty-five years ago by Zaihong Shen in New York City. Adjacent to it is a context painting completed ten years ago by a member of this group. The two depict the components of institution building as it is seen in the Foundation.
Eternal Feminine in a Societal Context
In most societies family is a central institution. Where there are many ideas of what a family is, should be and who it is serve, the idea of family as important is a give. There are many other ideas for fundamental thinking of forming institutions. Within an institution individuals can operate to form social organizations that behave as viable systems. It should be noted that a system is not a societal whole that is greater than the sum of the individual parts of that whole. Instead we see it as a whole that can perform greater, and sometimes lesser, things than what is achievable or explainable by the behavior of the parts. For example, via Internet a social group can create and generate knowledge beyond what can be known by a single part and thus enhance the common well being, or use group tweeting to expand disinformation to create a new version of the ancient mob scene.
Crucial to the Foundation is the thinking of China’s ancient “Old Man of Knowledge,” Lao Tzu. Following are his thoughts at the base of the Foundation’s reason to be. The two that deal with leadership and change are crucial to the Eternal Feminine. The Wisdom of Lao Tzu, the “Old Man” – An Eternal Basis for the Foundation of the Eternal Feminine.
- “A leader is best when people barely know he (she) exists, when his (her) work is done, his (her) aim is fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” (Lao Tzu)
- “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward to whatever way they like.” (Lao Tzu)
- Great hope lies behind the veil created to subject women to eternal hopelessness. From this the eternal feminine is thus revealed as hope.” (Hawkeye)
Lao Tzu Empress Dowager Cixi
Lao Tzu we are well aware of in our Foundation. Cixi is less well known to its operation. She was born November 29, 1835 in Beijing, China. She was one of the Xianfeng emperor’s low-ranking concubines, but in 1856 she bore his only son. On Xianfeng’s death, the six-year-old boy became the Tongzhi emperor, and state business was put in the hands of a regency council of eight elder officials. She says much about the world of differences between the ancient and the modern, the East and the West, the Knowing and the Discovering.
Via its institutions a society forms, reforms, and manages itself. Institutions are to aid in the serving of human needs associated with provision of health, wealth and security. They are generally set up and manged to respond to needs associated with the Platonic four: the good (ethics), the plenty (economics), the truth (knowledge / sciences) and beauty (aesthetics). (For more on this see Russell L Ackoff’s 1999 “Recreating the Corporation: A Design of Organizations for the 21st Century.”)
Some Institutions specifically cater to narrow private purposes of on of these, such as personal wealth via the plenty. Others serve a wider societal purposes of creating, maintaining and changing the conditions of context within which we are conduct our life. These strive to manage the “conflict of the commons.” They can even be in opposition to the institutions of personal wealth creation where private acts destroy the public commons. In theory the institutions of banking and marriage can fall into this category although each can become redirected to mediate the interests of the one.
It is herein important to note that with time institutions may become less relevant to humans or their societal context, or their operation may be clearly against the interests of that context. This can happen via corruption, incompetence, neglect or simply not knowing. As such institutions need periodic reviewed, renewed and perhaps significant change. Change can include elimination. This aspect of institution building while very important is not the subject being here addressed.
Our concern is not institution improvement, as outlined above, but addressed the “missing institutions” in society. Via changing conditions these institutions are needed but not yet formed. The need for them arises from new needs or radically redefined former human needs. This can be seen in the call for and creation of new institutions around electronic communications that have come to redefine management of all institutions. Creation of these new institutions can greatly enhance a society yet they often await articulation, definition and creation.This creation is one of the most optimistic endeavors in contemporary society. Even where institutions began to be created in the late 1960s to protect the environment from human actions there was much optimism about what the new institutions could and would accomplish.
Of concern to the foundation is a notion that the female is a lesser being than the male thus allowing one part of society, a part of a part with a particular attitude and approach, to manage the whole of society in a counter productive manner. The attitude is seen in most societal institutions. The demoralizing of women has a long history, going back before 500 BC, but even in the 19th Century via scientific breakthroughs women was subjected to an inferior status. Even Social Darwinism has been used to keep them in a reduced status, for example in the chapter, “The Gospel of Dirt,” in Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, New York: Ballantine Books, 1992, pp 67-68):
“Natural selection has been misused by capitalists and communists, whites and blacks, Nazis and many others to grind this or that self-serving ideological axe. It’s not surprising that feminists feared that a Darwinian perspective would provide yet another cudgel for male scientist to hit women over the head with – about alleged inferiorities in mathematics or stagecraft. But for all we know, such a perspective might reveal, that the raging hormonal imbalances that propel men to violence made them less then optimal for leadership of a modern state.”
We believe the female is not better than or worse then the male. She is simply different. Increasingly it seems that the difference found in the feminine makes a difference to societal improvements and longevity. Contemporary challenges appear to require application of this difference as essential to human improvement, if not survival.
The Eternal Feminine Foundation fits into institution building as giving form to a new institution. This one challenges a traditional of seeing the role of the feminine as lesser in sensing, seeing and directing responses to shortcomings in contemporary realities, such as climate change. The Foundation will invest in young women to prepare them to deal differently with problems of the now, with an eye on improved vision towards problems of the future. This will include funding their education, helping them find ideas for business development and experiment in institution creation activities. The Foundation Board will review mentors for the selected candidates then approve resources the mentors will supervise the investment of. The result will be a cadre of new leaders to face old and new problems on the horizon. The females as trained may also serve as an early warning system for those society difficulties we can not yet imagine, but will arise from the consequences of today’s results achievement.
Ideas and practices of institutional entrepreneurship will be key. The specific subject areas will be up to the women being supported. Mentors of many women, such as Professor Annaleena Parhankangas of University of Illinois, Chicago, have led the way in this regard. despite the idiot men that must get in the way.
IN SEARCH OF THE ETERNAL
During the last century we had the luxury to pre-define actions as ethically 1) good or bad, 2) functionally right or wrong, and 3) effectively beneficial or problematic. Armed with these pre-definitions we could prepare options, make forecasts and take rational decisions about the future.
Certainly such life was not certain but it did allow for plans, planning and rational operations. The situation has been changed. Question of context and its conditions for life have replaced the rational and the mechanical. Actors and their circumstances are now in motion and approaching a state of turbulence. Context now serves to define success, not acts in that context. Planning via determination of preconditions now gets in the way. Corporate planning seminars now argue that planning is still okay to do as long as you don’t take the plan seriously once you encounter context. How can we best prepare for a changing context and dynamic conditions? Is education necessary, helpful or counterproductive? If education is the process of acquiring assumptions, and learning is the questioning of assumptions then learning is essential. Education is okay as long as it used a questioning mode, not memorization.
Can we find ways of living that allow accommodation of turbulence as part of our survival? Chances are high that this will require something more basic and eternal than plans and actions. It will require the significance of actually understanding the conditions of the “human project”, i.e., from where things come and to where they go. The eternal feminine is essential to this change. Considering it has long been different from cause-effect thinking via predictability. Predictability is not essential to the eternal. It simply is. Even use of logic and formal languages gets in the way of responding to turbulence. As such, the Eternal Feminine Foundation is a quest for the eternal and not the immediate. The eternal is not the timeless. It involves the dynamics of life and living beyond the immediacy of the shopping center, the kitchen and garden.
FROM NEANDERTHAL THROUGH TALIBAN TO DONALD TRUMP
Another way to approach the issues facing our species is to give greater note to what we can call the Taliban Effect. This begins with seeing how the species is composed of most humans having 2.5% of their chromosomal make up being Neanderthal. This helps explain a special behavioral trait in our species. To go a step further we can argue that it helps explain the contemporary Taliban ideology, and the traces of it in all men. It may survive in the species as being consistent with the special private interests of men, especially those who will to power, who must lead to fulfil their interpretation of a meaningful life. (See Denial of Death, Becker, 1973) Via this men define what will be done and what will then be done about it when it turns our badly.
While consuming of context, often per instructions found in religious texts of questionable morality, men have changed the context of survival. Air, soil and water systems have become corrupted by men being manly. Climate change is creating ill defined instabilities to life as humans defined it. New definitions are needed.
In what follows is first an image of a Neanderthal female, not so different in appearance from today. Following her is the image of a Neanderthal male, a bit different than how men appear sometimes today although can be found in some bars, camps, and bedrooms.
The Female, as Secondary.
The Male, as Primary
Foreplay, 30,000 years ago
Contemporary Neanderthal in search of afterlife & 72 Vestal Virgins
Its Expensive for others, to Seek Vestal Virgins
THE MALE AS AN OBJECT TO BE OBJECTED TO…..
The Neanderthal approach to “Foreplay” may bring sexually excitement to the scene via exhibiting complete power over women. Perhaps this allows more enjoyable sex, for him, not the her. Perhaps this allows him to feel as sexually irresistible? He is allowed to feel as if his offers simply can’t be refused. To be fair, some women have historically encouraged this behavior by pretend to be obedient to such men and their attitude.
Men’s Object of Affection and its Measurement, his Penis
Armed with a gun instead of a rock we see in the second image a close descendant of Neanderthal man. He seems very excited about soon finding 72 virgins of his own, to occupy his own heaven. Such men are actually only promised 72 raisins, not virgins, but who is counting what? To some men this is the image of a “real man” with his gun as his phallic extension to his limited phallic self. This approach to passion could be seen in the Roman Coliseums, can be seen in contemporary sports arenas, and even in some shoppers at Walmart.
It is difficult to operate in a world that continues to exhibit the Neanderthal Gene, as seen within its continuation by such as the Taliban.
What Kind of Man Justifies this?
Women must be well prepared to function in this world while finding ways to rise above its obvious and enduring heritage. There are many men that will eagerly help, as well as some very gifted women advisers who have risen above the limits to human development. Then of course there is business as usual.
Man of the Year Award, why is this not shocking?
Exercising Power is Exhausting, Nap-Time for Men?
President Trump’s men helping him sign an immediate executive order against abortion in 2017, while
Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister, Isabella Lovin’s women, signs Sweden’s promise for Zero Emissions by 2045
Little School Girl, Hoping for the Best Despite the Rest
INTENTIONS BENEATH THE MEANING OF THE MEANNESS OF THE MASCULINE:
CONTEXT: IS THE PROBLEM LEADERSHIP OR LEADERSHIT
EXAMPLE: DONALD TRUMP AS A 21st CENTURY MUSSOLINI?
The United State is watching the 21st Century re-emergence of demigods. These are men that act only for themselves while using all others to serve their egocentric needs. They have very little feeling for life and living except what roams in their stomachs. In some instances they bow to other men seen as smarter and meaner then they are. For Mussolini homage was paid to his idol, Hitler. For Trump homage is paid to his idol, Putin. These men operate to rally those in society with little education and extreme disorientation. Their self-limiting anger becomes expanded via the anger of their followers under then top the political table.
We see early signs of this in the growing support for Trump via his frequently repeated misstatements, convoluted logic and anger at any form of opposition. He rises through the political ranks via illustrating and offering well-embellished immortality projects in society to compensate for widespread meaningless and hopelessness, often created by such leaders. The passion arises from negativity and open distress, not any excitement for improving, learning, or acting to do the right thing.
Trump & Mussolini, brothers, or twins?
The Trump image of the manly man is not unique in history but does reveal serious cracks in the human project that may well be growing. While not sufficiently bright to become evil The Donald somehow represents a force of evil. He is highly revered by himself and sort of followed by men of similar intellect, having or wanting a blond waiting in their Garden of Eden. He reminds us of the intellectually and morally weak WWII types, such as a Mussolini. Mussolini, if you recall, was a bit simple-minded soul that seemed lost and in search of a stronger, brighter image offering the simplicity of cruelty; a Hitler type, e.g., a Putin. Their means is to find differences to hate thus mobilizing those who hate themselves thus ready to hate others with a vengeance.
Examining Mussolini’s ideology seems helpful to understanding to where the human project is just now headed. Mussolini’s weakness is well known to the last two thousand years.
Problem Articulation 1: Signs of Leadershit and growing Tolerance for it
This does not mean that many men attempting to lead socio-organizations are as bad as the current American president. Most are not shit or evil but the group does point to a serious problem in a body politic that recruits and supports such phenomenon such as “The Donald.” In this we seen an apparent lack of need for thinking and feeling in our leaders, and of greater note, in the supporters of such leadership ideals.
New ideas are now needed, urgently. They will not be found residing in the culture of homage to the masculine, those who solve their isolated problems via conflict, especially in their conflicted souls. A few hundred years experience in this seems more than sufficient. When someone preaches that they will go to government and “drain the swamp,” it means that they want to make room for the sewer to come into government, as managed by them. Swamps are part of the natural. Sewage is the residue of human activity.
Perhaps its time to talk of the wisdom of Lao Tzu. I really don’t know. I have enough trouble attempting to lead myself. I have no interest in leading others.
Problem Articulation 2: Not a problem but a system of problems
On occasion humans encounter threats to their continued existence. We have historically avoided the most ominous via the insulation offered in time and space. We could move to another land or await correction. Humans now lack time and space. Their entire planet is caught up in environmental turbulence the removes the environmental stability required of life and living. The threat is ominous. We create it and continue to feed it. Life as we know it is being redefined. The consequences of billions of small acts via purposeful human behaviors lacking wisdom and context appreciation are forming a systemic force.
This is the situation we have come to call the “tragedy of the commons.” It emerges via the war of the artificial against the natural. Trees, for example, are seen to stand in the way of manly purpose. Thus, they must obviously be removed in the name of progress. To deal with this sad state we need to renew our respect for the super natural, a domain more open to feminine intuition. Masculine aggression in warfare, science and small thinking about small things will not suffice.
Via thoughtless actions carried out in the name of human purpose we change the larger conditions of life. The instabilities of unchecked purpose disrupts the stability required for the human commons where we find our shelter and food. The importance of the commons as context can only be appreciated via seeing the systemic. This is via higher level thinking, not low level analysis.
Masculine forcefulness is used to battle against what is unknown. The less that is known the more force that is required. Feminine appreciation and reflection are needed to include the natural and the supernatural. Reflection allows entry of the systemic, the importance of context, and clues as to why simple fulfillment of individualized purpose without regard for consequences leads only to an irreversibly sad state.
Unaided purpose leads to irreversible consequences. Guided by un-thoughtful thinking in the 19th Century about what machines can offer mankind we have come to the artificial as the vehicle of progress, and ultimate happiness. It is to lead to societal well-being and individual freedom from work and want. In America this leads to the logic that guns to not kill people thus guns are necessary for people to have to protect themselves from people with guns. While the logic is funny the consequences of this world of the artificial are serious.
The female tends to be different. She conceives at a higher level then reductionistic analysis. She cannot avoid including context in what she perceives and acts upon. She allows intuitive feelings to sense that which is not apparent, and may not be right. It is noteworthy that some men have a feminine nature and some women have a masculine nature. The feminine nature provides a clue as to where humans might look for viable future leadership. That nature has long been known and often used in jokes, by men. Now the difference between the feminine and the masculine begins to look like a difference that will make a different to life.
The harmful consequences of humans achieving un-thoughtful results threaten systems of life. The environment on which all life depends is affected. Humans must seek another way. A new form of leadership is needed, one with a different perspective. More of the artificial via “big data and artificial intelligence” will not be sufficient to the need. Some research carried out by Hawk in Sweden in the 1970s introduces the why and what.
Hawk studied the effects of different forms of regulation with the help of twenty international industrial firms with similar plants in different contexts. Exxon was involved where an Exxon scientist of the day first articulated the possibility of climate change via what the company was selling to the world. Exxon International was seriously worried but their US based lawyers calmed them down and convinced them to forget it. The logic was that showing such concern would make Exxon culpable for damages in the future. The American legal mind, as nurtured in US law schools won the day and lost the planet. US regulations, consistent with the same legal logic, created a system of future failure.
Problem Articulation 5: From where does Leadershit Arise?
Sorry, but I will use the profession of lawyers as an example of what has gone wrong in society. All other professions developed since Germany of the 1930s are at fault as well. I use lawyers as they must take responsibility for much of what is wrong in societal management. This is more clear in American trained lawyers.
Recovering from the phenomena of the American Lawyer Attitude was the central question driving David Hawk’s Wharton Business School 1979 dissertation defense. This emerged from 1975 – 1977 research for Sweden relative to their government considering adoption of the US approach to environmental understanding and regulation of human conduct. The research results were controversial in the US, especially in the US EPA leadership and in the leadership the Wharton School. Wharton’s “manly dean” of the 1970s refused to sign off on the Hawk dissertation. Thus, it has been lost. It never made it to the library archives of the University of Pennsylvania or Michigan. The dean could not conceive of environmental deterioration resulting from business practices taught in places like the Wharton School.
In the 40 years since that time little has happened to change the American attitude nor the knowledge of Wharton deans. The consequences of not knowing and then not caring have indeed become clearer each year. Nature and Supernature have become omnipresent in our lives. The end state is more obvious each day. Disruption of the earth’s environmental systems is now more apparent. The human effect on our climate, as mentioned in the dissertation is now easier to see and feel. Something is going dreadfully wrong in man’s environment. We urgently need leadership can can see and feel, not argue and wage manly conflict against all things things that do not obey us. Maybe it is time for women to deal with the human “problematique.”
The more irreversible the problem the easier it is to the consequences of those results that launched it. Thus, the more difficult it is to ignore the unhappy end state. The Eternal Feminine perspective might have responded sooner, but it didn’t. The most we can say is that a new form of leadership may be too late to halt the process but hopefully it can soften the emergent reality filled with starvation, homelessness and mass migration of large groups of humans. Those who elected President Donald Trump in the US sealed the realization of the consequences of the stupid. We will thus enter the realm of “consequential management.”
The collective consequences of humans achieving small results threatens all systems of life on the planet via affecting the weather on which those systems rely. It is time to try something different, something more contextually sensitive. A change in leadership and its values is in order. David Hawk’s role in the study of climate change began in the nineteen-seventies in a two year research study at the Stockholm School of Economics. Twenty major international firms were involved in the study of ways to regulate environmental deterioration and turn from fossil fuels. Exxon was one of the firms in the study and its scientists were first to articulate the eventual climate change resulting from the project course of fuel usage in the world. Exxon lawyers (US educated lawyers) argued for them to drop their concern as having concern would make their company culpable for damages. How humans could get over this American legal attitude became the basic question behind David Hawk’s Wharton School dissertation in 1979. Wharton’s manly dean of the time refused to sign off on the PhD dissertation as he could not see a connection between environmental damage and business practices. During 40 years the attitude in societies has changed, although maybe not yet in the minds of manly business school deans. Now that the problem is irreversible it is easier to see the consequences. Perhaps the eternal feminine might have responded earlier.
“You want it Darker?” Leonard Cohen
This is the Darker….NJ Governor Christie and the USA President Donald
THE WOMAN SIDE OF THE EQUATION
We all know that the attitude, approach and skills of females to situations differs from that of males. For several centuries this difference has been assume to be someone trivial yet the leadership mantel is mostly passed from man to man throughout the eons. Our Foundation assumes that the difference is noteworthy and will make a difference in how humans occupy the earth.
The widely reported Danish aid working who met this little boy left behind, who could not resist adopting him and caring for him in a way that mattered; a not political way. Good for her.
The central question behind the Foundation thus becomes “is the difference in leadership a difference that makes a difference?” Our purpose is not to denigrate the role of the male but to elevate the role of the female in leadership of organizations and individuals. Perhaps a partnership is possible, or perhaps the difference can be seen to be very hopeful to our species and the context in which it operates.
Sometimes a little girl needs to be tough. It’s enough to drive a woman to drink.
THE ETERNAL FEMININE IS SPECIAL, DESPITE THE BEGINNINGS
To not pursue the idea that the female is very special to the species and in the world will continue the unfortunate. Something is certainly needed to move the status quo of business as usual. Thus we present the eternal feminine as a research project within the species; to better evaluate the difference and see what difference it makes.
The idea of the eternal feminine is powerful but not so often appreciated or even known by young girls. They can simply seem to be, or actually be lost in this world created and controlled by others that they may not like nor even understand.It is not easy for them. We are to help.
Business as usual is seen in the following photos and comments. Societal institutions are responsible for this, as well as its continuing to be accepted as part of reality, or simply okay. It is not okay to us.
It is sometimes difficult to deal with the human context at times, or even ones self in that context. It can even be difficult to continue. Friends are not enough ….
Photo by Lou Yang. Crying in a cab can be helpful, but what happens when you then “get there,” get to where you intended? Tears then do not help. Thank God for cabs.
Photo by Luo Yang, this friend is certainly not enough, except maybe for 15 minutes a day, or night. He is sort of fine, and sort of helps, yet why bother? With such a short short-term, where is any sign of the long-term? Does it matter? See Celines’ “Journey to the End of Night.”
Photo by Luo Yang: The “down below” appears as her only future…so lost, so sad…her context does not nurture well-being. This is her last chance to be “important,” or even noticed…. See Ernst Becker’s “Denial of Death.”
JOAN OF ARCH, AN ALTERNATIVE TO ENVISIONING THE FEMININE
Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes
The fight against Injustice in the 15th Century
A bit cynically, this song introduces our closing time, should efforts of the Foundation be insufficient to the challenges mentioned herein.
“Closing Time,” Cohen
References for the Foundation:
A. The Philosophical
1. “Philosopher’s Take on the World,” David Edmonds, Oxford University Press:London, 2016.
2. “I Ching: The Classic Chinese Oracle of Change,” as translated by Rudolf Ritsema anStephen Karacher, New York:Barnes and Noble, 1995.
3. “Te-Tao Ching: Lao-Tzu,” Translated from the Ma-Wang-Tui Texts, by Robert G. Henricks, New York:Random House Books, 1989.
4. “The I Ching or Book of Changes,” as translated by Richard Wihelm, with forward by C.G. Jung, New York:The Modern Library, 1993, first Edition, 1950.
5. “Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching,” Translated by D.C. Lau, London: Penguin Books, 1963.
B: Values of the Feminine
1. “The Eternal Feminine: Selected Poems of Goethe,” Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, Edited by: Frederic Ungar, Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., New York, 1980.
2. “Fen Shui: Harmonizing Your Inner & Outer Space,” Zaihong Shen, Dorling Kindersley Book,2001.
3. “Feng Shui for the Home,” Zaihong Shen, New York: The Feng Shui Gallery, 1999.
4. “Sexual Healing Through Yin & Yang,” Zaihong Shen, Dorling Kindersley Book, 2001.
5. “The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image,” Leonard Shlain. New York: Penguin Group, 1998.
6. “When God Was a Woman,” Merlin Stone, New York: Barnes and Nobel, 1976.
7. “Wonder Women,” Sam Maggs, Philadelphia: Quirk Books, 2016, (includes Huang Daopo, Chinese Textile Pioneer)
8. “How To Succeed in Business Without a Penis: Secrets and Strategies for the Working Women,” Karen Salmansohnm, New York: Harmony Books, 1996.
9. “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors,” Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, New York: Ballantine Books, 1992.
10. The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boy’s Club,” Eileen Pollack, Beacon Press: Boston, 2015. (“Pollack candidly traces the disadvantages she faced as a woman in the world of men…[Her] book gives painful scrutiny to the relentless opposition that still confronts female scientists and leads many to walk away from the field.” Sabrina Imbler, Scientific American)
11. “Why Business People Speak like Idiots: A Bullfighter’s Guide,” Fugere, Hardaway and Warshawsky, New York: Free Press, 2005.
12. “Theories of Harmonious Development of New Industrialization and New Urbanization,” Yongda Yu, Beijing, China, CIP. 2006
C: A Feminine Perspective on the Human Project
1. “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” Daniel Kahneman, (Nobel Prize winner, Economics), Farrar, Strausand Giroux: New York, 2011
2. “The Master and Margarita,” Mikhail Bulgakov, New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1967.
3. “Goethe’s Faust,“ translated by Bertram Jessup, New York: Philosophical Library, 1958.
4. “Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind,“ Yuval Noah Harari, Harper Collins Publishers:New York, 2015.
5. “On Bullshit,” Harry G. Frankfurt, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2005.
6. “Briefing for a Descent into Hell,“ Doris Lessing, London: Vantage Press, 1981,
7. “How Bad Writing Destroyed the World,” Ayn Rand and the Literary Origins of the Financial Crisis,” Adam Weiner, Bloomsbury: London, 2016.
8. “Unforgettable Fire,“ Pictures drawn by Atomic Bomb Survivors, New York:Pantheon Books, 1977.
9. “The Future of Life,“ Edward O. Wilson, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
10. “Threat of the Silkworm,” Iris Chang, New York: Basic Books, 1995.
11. “The Devil’s Dictionary,” Ambrose Bierce, London: Hill and Wang, 1957.