Category Archives: Are We doomed?

Many contemporary scientists think – yes, we are. Our civilization probably is not the last one, but definitely – not the first.

It looks like we are not prepared to learn from history.

Meaning of Life: Science Reveals Our Deepest Purpose

It is interesting to see thoughts and positions about very important aspect of our lives in our societies – thoughts about deaf, eternal life and the sense of life. Example. In a flashback scene in the 1977 film Annie Hall, Woody Allen’s … Continue reading

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The Doomsday Clock is now two minutes before midnight

Scientists move clock ahead 30 seconds, closest to midnight since 1953 January 25, 2018 (credit: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists) Citing growing nuclear risks and unchecked climate dangers, the Doomsday Clock — the symbolic point of annihilation — is now … Continue reading

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Every Friday Is Black Friday: Why Our Addiction to Consumption and Growth Is Killing Us

A general view of the inbound area of the Amazon.com MPX5 fulfillment center on November 17, 2017 in Castel San Giovanni, Italy. “In seeking to defend the living world from the maelstrom of destruction,” writes Monbiot, “we might believe we … Continue reading

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This Horrifying ‘Slaughterbot’ Video Is The Best Warning Against Autonomous Weapons

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Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a ‘Second Notice’ to Humanity

Humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperiled biosphere,” over 15,000 scientists warned in a letter published Monday. (Photo: NASA) More: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/13/over-15000-scientists-just-issued-second-notice-humanity-can-we-listen-now?utm_term=Over%2015%2C000%20Scientists%20Just%20Issued%20a%20%27Second%20Notice%27%20to%20Humanity.%20Can%20We%20Listen%20Now&utm_campaign=%27All%20Out%20Class%20War%27%20on%20a%20Planetary%20Scale%20%7C%20Your%20Week%20In%20Review%20&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email&cm_mmc=Act-On%20Software-_-email-_-%27All%20Out%20Class%20War%27%20on%20a%20Planetary%20Scale%20%7C%20Your%20Week%20In%20Review%20-_-Over%2015%2C000%20Scientists%20Just%20Issued%20a%20%27Second%20Notice%27%20to%20Humanity.%20Can%20We%20Listen%20Now By failing to adequately limit population growth, reassess the role of an economy rooted in … Continue reading

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Why the idea that the world is in terminal decline is so dangerous

From all sides, the message is coming in: the world as we know it is on the verge of something really bad. From the Right, we hear that ‘West’ and ‘Judeo-Christian Civilisation’ are in the pincers of foreign infidels and … Continue reading

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…something to get your poor, caring and sharing and intelligent self out of this cesspool of ignorance

“Once again I ask if anyone here has an exit strategy out of this cesspool of greed, heartless indifference, and breathtaking stupidity that is the US. I am seriously considering the options these days…” …there are at least three reasons … Continue reading

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Кен Йебсен: Наш враг – это СМИ порождающие в нас безразли

https://doveiks.lv/2017/09/29/%D0%BA%D0%B5%D0%BD-%D0%B9%D0%B5%D0%B1%D1%81%D0%B5%D0%BD-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%88-%D0%B2%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B3-%D1%8D%D1%82%D0%BE-%D1%81%D0%BC%D0%B8-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B6%D0%B4%D0%B0%D1%8E%D1% https://kenfm.de/alles-rechtsruck-oder-was/ Pareizi. Bet mūsu problēmas ir daudz, daudz plašākas. Viens no labākajiem skatījumiem ir Noam Chomsky. Bet arī šeit viens ir ieraugāms: Peļņas pacelšana vērtības līmenī noved pie tā, ka sabiedrībā izplatās, neapzināti tiek kultivēta vienaldzība, cinisms un vērtību … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky August 14, 2017 – Surviving the 21st Century

… future generations will not forgive us for our silence …

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How Will Capitalism End?

After years of ill health, capitalism is now in a critical condition. Growth has given way to stagnation; inequality is leading to instability; and confidence in the money economy has all but evaporated. In How Will Capitalism End?, the acclaimed analyst … Continue reading

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When Will The Planet Be Too Hot For Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

Peering beyond scientific reticence. It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime … Continue reading

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The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct: A Sokal-Style Hoax on Gender Studies

The Hoax The androcentric scientific and meta-scientific evidence that the penis is the male reproductive organ is considered overwhelming and largely uncontroversial. That’s how we began. We used this preposterous sentence to open a “paper” consisting of 3,000 words of … Continue reading

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The Crisis of Western Civilization

Between 1935 and 1975, Will and Ariel Durant published a series of volumes that together were known as “The Story of Civilization.” They basically told human history (mostly Western history) as an accumulation of great ideas and innovations, from the … Continue reading

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Daniel Dennett: ‘The whole singularity stuff is distracting us from more pressing problems

Dennett is a singular figure in American culture: a white-haired, white-bearded 74-year-old philosopher whose work has mined the questions that erupt at the places where science, technology and consciousness meet. His subject is the brain and how it creates meaning … Continue reading

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Skaistums

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Has the American Dream Become the American Nightmare?

By John W. Whitehead January 24, 2017 “Most Germans, so far as I could see, did not seem to mind that their personal freedom had been taken away, that so much of their splendid culture was being destroyed and replaced … Continue reading

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Gail Tverberg: Why There’s No Economically Sustainable Price For Oil Anymore

Producers need higher prices that the public can’t afford. Actuary Gail Tverberg returns to provide an update on where we are in the global energy story. Her outlook is not rosy: she doesn’t see a path for society to transition … Continue reading

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2017: The Year When the World Economy Starts Coming Apart

Some people would argue that 2016 was the year that the world economy started to come apart, with the passage of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Whether or not the “coming apart” process started in 2016, in my … Continue reading

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A Savage Ecology: Peak Humanity, Extinction Events, and the Great Homogenization

We live in an age of one technical device, the digital computer, and it has a thousand faces. This is a sign of stagnation, not exponential innovation.How could this be? It is presumed that the exponential growth of processing power represents an exponential … Continue reading

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The real oil limits story; what other researchers missed

Virtually no one realizes that the economy is a self-organized networked system. There are many interconnections within the system. The real situation is that as prices rise, supply tends to rise as well, because new sources of production become available at … Continue reading

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Our Decline in (Pre-)Historical Context

http://www.thewildernist.org/article/our-decline-in-pre-historical-context We are not the first society to suffer decline. For all of the recent technological advances, our problems are the same ones that confronted the ancient Maya, Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Romans, Aztecs, Incas, and others. Scholars used to search for … Continue reading

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What’s gone wrong with the world?

Things seem to be getting worse all the time: climate change, terrorism, pandemics, migration, economic chaos… the list goes on. All these problems have grown too big and too complex for any individual nation to solve. But instead of collaborating, … Continue reading

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Industrial Civilization Headed for ‘Irrevesible Collapse’

http://www.alternet.org/economy/nasa-funded-study-industrial-civilization-headed-irreversible-collapse-due-inequality  

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Vai spējam ietekmēt planētas klimatu?

Mūsu civilizācijas tehnoloģiskā varenība liek domāt, ka spējam ietekmēt Zemes siltumnīcas efektu. Vai tā ir? Papētīsim skaitļus! Saules starojums sasniedz Zemes virsmu un sasilda to. Sasilusī planētas virsma izstaro siltumu, kuru uztver un saglabā atmosfērā esošās gāzes. To sauc par … Continue reading

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Why E O Wilson is wrong about how to save the Earth

Edward O Wilson is one of the world’s most revered, reviled and referenced conservation biologists. In his new book, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, he comes out with all guns blazing, proclaiming the terrible fate of biodiversity, the need for … Continue reading

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