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An Introduction to Effectology

Natural or man-made accidents and unforeseen circumstances produce effects that influence the function of objects, animals, humans, and social orders, and often change the course of history. This philosophy is "Effectology"®.

I: A Short History of Near-Effectology

Philosophers through the centuries who come close to addressing accidents and their effects, but ultimately miss this natural dynamic in their studies and discussions.

II: The Divine Accidents

Religion and faith, from the worship of things in nature, to the mythology of the Greeks and Romans, the beliefs of the Celts and the Egyptians, the introduction of Buddhism, the emergence of Moses, the life of Jesus, the challenges brought on by science, the threat Communism brought to the church—the historical and religious accidents that brought about transformation and change.

III: Materialism, Existentialism, and Metaphysics

Applying the Effectological point of view to the creation of the universe; the views of philosophers through the ages; considering space, time, and accidents, truth and knowledge.

IV: The Pro-Accidental Animals and Humans

A consideration of the origin of life on earth and of evolution from Darwinism to the Effectological perspective, the life of Francis Bacon as it provides examples of self-induced accidents, and a discussion of destiny.

V: Effectology in Human Relations

Discussions on projecting one's self-image, ethics/morality, happiness, pursuing an ideal, the effects of a spiritual life, the impact of geo-political events on human relationships, the nature of truth, givers and takers, compassion, altruism, friendship and love, sexual differences and relations, marriage, family life, roles in relationships.

VI: Effectology in Society and politics

From the perspective that all great political movements originated from minor accidents, a capsule review beginning with nomadic pastoralism to tribes to the empires of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Israelites, and others, to the present time; political philosophies, military actions, the making (and destruction) of leaders, revolution, the nature of power, the power of charity, affirmative action in the U.S., the role of minorities in triggering accidents, racism, anti-Semitism, the Nazism, Communism, the attack on the World Trade Center twin towers.

VII: Effectology in Business

From ancient times to the present, from what makes a businessperson, to the nature of competition, accidents in business that lead to success and failure of individuals and companies, the emerging effect of morals in the workplace, the early American gold rushes, the building of railroads, the Great Depression, the importance of timing, location, financial and trade factors.

VIII: Effectology in War

The causes of wars in general, religious wars, the nature of leadership, the making of the military, the effects of wars on individuals and countries, war horrors, pacifism, winning the war but losing peace.

IX: Effectology in the Arts

A look at painters, composers, artists, actors, and dancers; what accidents make these creative people famous, how their personal life molds and/or interferes with their art; what art has been popular from primitive to modern times; the sponsors, managers, agents, public relations people and the accidents and effects involving their work.

X: Effectology in Health

The effect of accidents on health; the power of the mind in healing, the risks of exercise regimes and diets; the reliance on medications; the effects of accidents on individuals and those who care for them; the role of traditional medicine and the impact of alternative medicine; food for health and food that makes us sick; staying young and getting older; dying—the final accident.

XI: Reflective After-Thoughts

A review of the power of accidents and their effects, touching on cosmology, human nature, the apocalypse, destiny, the author's predictions for the future, an invitation to further explore the effect of accidents in the reader's own life.