Humanity's Coming Dark Age

Humanity's Coming Dark Age - The rise and fall of empires
Symptoms before each collapse: ignorance, superstition, religious fundamentalism, xenophobia, intolerance, rejection of science
  1. Download a free PDF copy of the 418-page 2002 publication: 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
    • PDF:
    • Marc Widdowson's original web site at appears to have fallen into the bit-bucket sometime after 2008. But you can still access much of the original material (including charts and diagrams which are not in the current PDF) via the Way Back Machine here:
    • The chart above illustrates the rise-and-fall of six major empires. Notice the amplitude and period are decreasing.
    • The associated tables, which were published 5-years before the 2007-2008 American-caused world-wide financial debacle, seem shockingly accurate.
  2. Download ($10) an eBook of The Coming Dark Age by Roberto Vacca - 153 pages in PDF format
    • This book was first published in 1973 then updated in 2000
    • Click here for a free view "Contents, Foreword, Introduction and the First Chapter"
    • viewer quote: "I read this book in a palsied fascination of horror. I have never read a book that was at the same time so convincing and so frightening." - Isaac Asimov
  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. Religious Method (dogma): Fiction, Assertion, Suppression
    Scientific Method (pragma): Observation, Hypothesis, Experiment (test), Debate. Then publish and repeat.

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