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.

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

We’re only just starting to wake up to the potential outcomes of the technology that we’re inventing but increasingly don’t understand. Human co-operation and trust aren’t givens. They’re the byproducts of a cultural process that can be reversed. And civilisation … Continue reading

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Skaistums

More: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vvDV2kYNNY  

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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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Half-Earth

Half of the Earth’s surface and seas must be dedicated to the conservation of nature, or humanity will have no future by Edward O Wilson is a professor emeritus in entomology at Harvard. Half-Earthconcludes Wilson’s trilogy begun by The Social Conquest of … Continue reading

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Most threats to humans come from science and technology, warns Hawking

Speaking ahead of his BBC Reith Lecture on black holes, Stephen Hawking discusses the danger inherent in progress and the chances of disaster on Earth, The human race faces one its most dangerous centuries yet as progress in science and technology … Continue reading

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In 2115, when our descendants look back at our society, what will they condemn as our greatest moral failing?

In 100 years it will not be acceptable to use genderised words such as ‘he’ or ‘she’, which are loaded with centuries of prejudice and reduce a spectrum of greys to black and white. We will use the pronoun ‘heesh’ … Continue reading

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How humans are driving the sixth mass extinction

Scientists have been warning for decades that human actions are pushing life on our shared planet toward mass extinction. Such extinction events have occurred five times in the past, but a bold new paper finds that this time would be … Continue reading

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Pārdomas pēc melnās piektdienas Parīzē

Šķiet, jebkurš piekritīs, ka cilvēka dzīvība ir unikāla, tā ir ne ar ko neaizstājama. Tādēļ šādi notikumi vienmēr ir traģēdija. Bet ir daži jautājumi, kuri man neliek mieru, un proti:  Vai cilvēku dzīvībai ir dažāda vērtība? Ja tā, tad kas … Continue reading

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Terorisms drīzumā var iznīcināt mūsdienu civilizāciju

Anatola Fransa romāns “Pingvīnu sala” no literatūrzinātnieku puses tiek klasificēts kā parodija par Francijas vēsturi. Tas tā patiešām arī ir, lai gan romānu varētu pieskaitīt arī citiem žanriem: fantastikas, antiutopijas, alternatīvās vēstures. Tāpat romānu var nosaukt par pravietisku. 1908.gadā izdotais … Continue reading

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Bēgļi

Bēgļi. Lielie spēlētāji katrs atbalsta savas (naftas, teritorijas, militārās, politiskās sistēmas, reliģijas un, visbeidzot, mentalitātes) intereses. Dod naudu, ieročus un netiešāku palīdzību – izglītības un tehnoloģiju atbalstu. Protams, visu pasniedzot no savas pasaules izjūtas pozīcijas. ‘Esiet tādi, kā mēs, un … Continue reading

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Homelessness

In the early 2000s, cities around the country pledged to end homelessnesswithin a decade, drafting ambitious 10-year plans to get all  of their homeless people into stable, permanent housing. One Great Recession later and the number of homeless people stands … Continue reading

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Refugees

“My position on Syrian refugees is that we should admit families with children, but no single men unless there is a reliable and rigorous system for vetting them. A Syrian passport is not enough since they are easily forged. I … Continue reading

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Finding Peace Within the Holy Texts

David Brooks Politics, culture and the social sciences. It’s easy to think that ISIS is some sort of evil, medieval cancer that somehow has resurfaced in the modern world. The rest of us are pursuing happiness, and here comes this … Continue reading

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Only When We See the War Criminals In Our Midst Will the Blood Begin to Dry

In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”.  As Barack Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the … Continue reading

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Three Simple Truths About Terror, Religion, and Islam

On: Terrorism is the illusion of power. It only becomes powerful when people fall for it. Picture a magician who performs a variation on the trick of sawing a person in half. The “victim” screams in agony as the saw … Continue reading

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Teroristi uzbrūk

Pēc tam, kad viņi ir mums uzbrukuši, mēs paceltām galvām ejam ārā no stadiona un dziedam Marseljēzi. Viņi nezina, ko viņi dara, un mēs stāvam tam pāri.  Mēs visi esam nolemti rīkoties saskaņā ar saviem priekšstatiem par taisnīgumu un vērtībām. … Continue reading

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