Humanity's Coming Dark Age

Humanity's Coming Dark Age - The rise and fall of empires
The Rise and Fall of Empires (published: 2003-01-29)
Symptoms before each collapse: ignorance, superstition, religious fundamentalism, xenophobia, intolerance, rejection of science
  1. The Phoenix Principle and the Coming Dark Age by Marc Widdowson (British military analyst and educator)
    subtitled: Social Catastrophes – human progress 3000 BC to AD 3000
  2. Download ($10) an eBook of The Coming Dark Age by Roberto Vacca - 153 pages in PDF format
  3. While there are many complicated and interacting reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire, I am now convinced that Edward Gibbon was correct when he stated that the primary reason was due to the the effects of organized religion. Today's world might collapse for nothing more that the reasons of religious intolerance or greed (materialism is another form of religion)
  4. Additionally, we know from the writings of Roman historians (Pliny the Elder is one of many) that Ancient Rome began its decline not long after Romans began to replace "observational science given to them by the Greeks" with so-called "common sense". Roman civilization stagnated then decayed from within
  5. Today it is no different. Earlier in my life, people were fond of this expression: "If we can go to the moon then why can't we (fill in the blank) ?". To be clear, it was only the Americans who were able to send twelve men to the moon between 1969 and 1972. The rest of of humanity was merely sharing in their triumph. But after Richard Nixon gutted the American manned space program to help keep America solvent while it fought a ridiculous war in Vietnam, and Ronald Reagan cozied up to Jerry Falwell's "Moral Majority" to win the presidential election of 1980, America has barely been able to put humans into orbit and now can only visit the ISS (International Space Station) by hitching a ride with their former cold-war enemy, Russia. Many Americans now joke "If we can go to the moon then why can't we go to the moon?". But will they change when astronauts from another country decide to plant a flag there? Probably not. Just as the Ming emperor of China burned his fleet while claiming there is nothing in the world worth exploring, block-headed Americans of all stripes have lost their {space} fleet
  6. But it has gotten much worse: this side of y2k, North Americans with a Sunday-school understanding of the Christian bible actually think they are doing society a service when they stand up and argue with highly educated scientists about such topics like: evolution, the age of the earth, the importance of vaccines to only name three of many.
  7. Religious Method (dogma): Fiction, Assertion, Suppression
    Scientific Method (pragma): Observation, Hypothesis, Experiment (test), Debate. Then publish and repeat.
  8. So now I urge you to return to the chart above and ask yourself "am I confortable living on the decline of the last bump?". If the answer is "no" then I suggest you suppress your personal expressions of: ignorance, superstition, religious fundamentalism, xenophobia, intolerance, rejection of science


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Neil Rieck
Kitchener - Waterloo - Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.