‘Einstein’s Last Message

Saving our world by changing
how we think

Rod O’Connor PhD: Homeless to Uni Prof

Rod O’Connor grew up on a ‘wheat and sheep’ farm in the Wimmera district of Western Victoria (Australia). It was a somewhat isolated place, so he didn’t think it odd that his mother entered his five-year-old self as Marilyn Monroe in the one-room school fancy dress competition (blonde wig, socks for breasts, teetering high heels; he won), nor did he consider it unusual that she instructed him in maxims like ‘candy is dandy but liquor is quicker’ (disturbing, but true). He thought every farmer’s son had that upbringing. So he followed the usual farm-boy route – he dropped out of school and took to the road for several years. During this time he was a builder’s laborer, cattle-station fencer, truck driver, barge deckhand, agricultural worker, and hippie.

Then Rod took to problem solving, he returned to uni and gained a Ph.D. in experimental cognitive psychology. After that he was a foundation director of Australia’s first dedicated healthcare consulting firm – Health Solutions P/L – in association with the Victorian Hospitals Association, consultant to the NHMRC National Center for Health Program Evaluation, founder of the Australia Malaysia Health Industry Group, and advisor to the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the UK Economic & Social Research Council, and the UK National Coordinating Center for Research Capacity Development. Most recently he was Conjoint Associate Professor at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, and member of Brain Sciences UNSW. Further information is at

Now Rod is a full-time writer. In 2004 he published ‘Measuring Quality of Life in Health,’ and in 2020 completed ‘Einstein’s Last Message.‘ The second book investigates the reasons we make and maintain unwise choices, such as refusing to vaccinate, ignoring climate change, and destroying remaining wildernesses. A synopsis follows.

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Einstein’s Last Message’

In 1946 Albert Einstein warned we must change how we think or humanity will destroy itself. Einstein was worried about nuclear war, but now our poor thinking weakens our response to multiple other crises, including the Covid 19 epidemic and the break-down of our natural world. The book shows how we make and justify decisions, the powerful role of guiding stories, and what is needed to correct our decision making. It offers a way forward for individuals and societies.

More reviews and further information are at BOOKS. ‘Einstein’s Last Message’ is available as paperback (ISBN-13 : 978-0648815211) and e-book (ISBN-13 : 978-0-6488152-0-4), and may be obtained from most distributors including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Australia

Einstein’s Last Message – “Magnificent! … an incisive pointer to what Homo Sapiens must do to save itself and its planet from itself.”Dr. Bob Brown, Former Leader Australian Greens

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