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A brief biography of John A. Pugsley

John A. Pugsley, founder of The Bio-Rational Institute, was born in Minnesota in the middle of the Great Depression, and spent his high-school years in Southern California. He attended El Camino Junior College, The University of Florida, and graduated from UCLA. After his mandatory stint in the US Army, a year cruising on a 38-foot sailboat, and another year living in Mexico with his wife and children, John spent the next two decades as an entrepreneur, having helped organize and run a number of business ventures.

In the late 1960s he entered the investment business, where his experiences led him to found a publishing company and to write his first book, Common Sense Economics. It sold over 150,000 hardcover copies. His second book, The Alpha Strategy, remained on the New York Times bestseller list for nine weeks in 1981.

In 1975 he began his personal monthly commentary on economic and political events, Common Sense Viewpoint, which became a widely respected and successful publication, reaching 30,000 subscribers at its peak. In 1988 he began publication of John Pugsley's Journal, an investment-economic newsletter covering a broad range of political, economic, and investment topics.

In addition to writing, John's unique ability to clarify complex concepts has won him wide acclaim as a speaker. He has appeared on numerous radio and TV talk shows, and has spoken at over 100 conferences and seminars throughout the world.

In the mid-1970s, after reading E.O. Wilson's monumental book, Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, John's consuming interest in the roots of economic choices turned him toward the study of evolutionary biology. Over the subsequent 25 years, this turned to a passion and ultimately resulted in the creation of The Bio-Rational Institute.

As well as continuing his research into the origins of individual and group behavior, John maintains a keen interest in the world of finance. In 1997, he participated in the founding of The Sovereign Society, an international organization of whose members actively work together to develop legal and moral ways in which to retain privacy, protect their wealth, and reach for individual liberty. He is currently Chairman of the Society, and contributes a monthly philosophical essay to their publication.

John currently lives in Carlsbad, California, with 6 finches and 2,000 books.



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