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The Dream of the Machine

The fact that one narrowly defined aspect of the universe seems to behave like a machine, though, does not prove that the universe is a machine, any more than the fact that one machine happens to look like a purple dinosaur proves that all machines are purple dinosaurs.

The Delusion of Control

I’m sure most of my readers have heard at least a little of the hullaballoo surrounding the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si. It’s been entertaining to watch...

An Affirming Flame

According to an assortment of recent news stories, this Thursday, June 18, is the make-or-break date by which a compromise has to be reached between Greece and the EU if a Greek default, with the ensuing risk of a potential Greek exit from the Eurozone, is to be avoided

The Era of Dissolution

I suppose you could call the era of dissolution the Rodney Dangerfield of collapse, though it’s not so much that it gets no respect; it generally doesn’t even get discussed.

The Era of Breakdown

The fourth of the stages in the sequence of collapse we’ve been discussing is the era of breakdown.

The Era of Response

The third stage of the process of collapse, following what I’ve called the eras of pretense and impact, is the era of response

The Era of Impact

The era of impact is the point at which it becomes clear to most people that something has gone wrong with the most basic narratives of a society...

The Era of Pretense

The decline and fall of a civilization isn’t a single event, or even a single linear process; it’s a complex fractal reality composed of many different events on many different scales in space and time.

The Whisper of the Shutoff Valve

Meanwhile,in Detroit and Baltimore, tens of thousands of residents are in the process of losing their access to water and electricity.

The Death of the Internet: A Pre-Mortem

´╗┐There was, as it happened, a small problem with the 2707, a problem it shared with all the other SST projects; it made no economic sense at all. ´╗┐
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