Sunday, September 4, 2016

NASA's Predictions on the Collapse of Civilization

Set aside why NASA is doing studies on anything but aeronautics and space and this is an interesting report.
 For those who think modern society is immune from the problems that brought down ancient civilizations, a "brief overview of collapses demonstrates not only the ubiquity of the phenomenon, but also the extent to which advanced, complex and powerful societies are susceptible to collapse," the study said.
--From The Atlantic


SiGraybeard said...

NASA? It sounds like it was written by the communists, or the greenies. "If we're to avoid their fate, we'll need policies to reduce economic inequality and preserve natural resources, according to a NASA-funded study that looked at the collapses of previous societies." Income inequality? Natural resources - AKA global warming??

No, wait. It's the Obama administration. It was written by communists and greenies.

I'll go with your first line: why IS NASA studying anything except aeronautics and space?

bruce said...

What a poor report. Energy ultimately is the lifeblood of any successful society. Keeping it inexpensive is key. Energy keeps getting less expensive in modern life. And baring increased reliance on renewable energy will remain so.

The real problem is the common belief in false manufactured threats.
Now I can't say if the O-zone issue was real or not, I can't say if DDT was a real problem. But I will suggest that shoddy science lead to their outcomes. Just like the science that said eating some types of fat was bad for you or that eating eggs would kill you.
Common sense and and a critical mind might not make you a candidate for president but it should.

ASM826 said...

I would say that energy is key, but water is right up there. When we exceed the carrying capacity of the available fresh water, there will be wars fought over water and food.

matism said...

It was written at the behest of NASA Adminstrator Charles Bolden. A finer example of AA (Affirmative Action) you have never seen.

Ted said...

It was Bolden who said that Obama had put NASA in charge of "Reaching out to the Muslim world "

" ....perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering."

So Yes, Under Obama NASA was charged with doing the State Dept's job. Because, I guess Hillary was too busy being in charge of ........ " Selling secrets???"

Space Program ???? Who cares ....... certainly not Obama.

Windy Wilson said...

The Twentieth Century, apart from the mass murder by totalitarian governments, from Mao to Enver Hoxha, was made possible by cheap energy and water reservoirs. As the commenters before me state, make those two things scarce through some idiot anti-science masquerading as science and we will see how thin the veneer of civilization is, and now poorly civilization and the belief in liberty has been handed down from "The Greatest Generation" to the Millennials.