Thomas Lombardo, PhD, is director of the Center for Future Consciousness in Glendale, Arizona. He is author of Future Consciousness: The Path To Purposeful Evolution; The Evolution of Future Consciousness; Wisdom, Consciousness, and the Future; and Mind Flight: A Journey Into The Future. He is also writing a four volume series, titled Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future. The first volume will be published in 2018.
Here he notes that biblical accounts of the apocalypse can be traced back, in great detail, to the earlier descriptions of the Persian sage, Zarathustra. The idea of a great war that will cleanse humanity of all evil has been with us for millennia. Lombardo believes that this is a dangerous idea. It tends to engender a dysfunctional form of pessimism. It also seems to obscure the differences between the combatants in the great war, as each side believes the other to be the source of evil.
New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is a past vice-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology; and is the recipient of the Pathfinder Award from that Association for his contributions to the field of human consciousness exploration.
(Recorded on October 31, 2017)
Published on January 11, 2018