Humanity's Coming Dark Age? (a warning)
The Rise and Fall of Empires
Symptoms before each collapse: ignorance, superstition,
religious fundamentalism, xenophobia, intolerance,
rejection of science.
- The Phoenix Principle and the Coming Dark Age by
(British military analyst and educator)
- 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
for a free preview
- Quote from Isaac Asimov: 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.
- While there are many complicated and interacting reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire, I am convinced that
was correct when he stated that the primary reason was due to the effects of
organized religion. 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. Without science, we, too, should all prepare for increased
incidences of cholera, typhus, and plague (diseases that ancient Rome and
medieval Europe were
- Religious Method (dogma): Fiction, Assertion, Suppression.
- Scientific Method (pragma): Observation,
Hypothesis, Experiment (test), Debate. Publish and repeat.
- Today it is no different. Many westerners were once fond of the expression If we can go to the moon then why can't we
(fill in the blank)? but today some now joke If we can go to the moon
then why can't we go to the moon? 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
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 pointless 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. Since the demise of the space shuttle program,
Americans can only visit the ISS (International Space Station) by hitching a
ride with their former cold-war enemy, Russia. So it is now apparent
that America's place in the original space
race was nothing more than a cold-war political stunt. I'm not sure why
Americans love their smart phones and tablets while simultaneously hating
the scientific research which enabled the technologies behind them. Its a
weird form of schizophrenia.
- But it has gotten much worse. This side of Y2K, North Americans with
Sunday-school understanding of the English Christian bible actually believe they are
doing humanity a service while publically arguing with highly educated
scientists about such topics like: evolution, the age of the earth, and
climate change to only name three of many. According to the following 1980 article from
Newsweek, ignorance and
stupidity have been alive in the west for a very long time. The article reads:
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there
always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant
thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured
by the false notion that democracy means that "my
ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."
-- Isaac Asimov (Newsweek, 21 January 1980)
- Recent news (this side of 2003):
- The Dark Age symptoms (ignorance, superstition, religious
fundamentalism, xenophobia, intolerance, rejection of science) which were published 5-years before the 2008
American-caused world-wide financial debacle now seem shockingly accurate
- A British referendum on 2016-06-23 voted 51.9% to leave the
European Union (an
organization formed to bring peace to Europe) which is now
colloquially referred to ass
Now it appears that Scotland, Northern Ireland and
Gibraltar wish to exit the United Kingdom in order to stay
within the European Union. Whatever way you view it, this is not
an example of Britain's Finest Hour
- There have been allegations that politicians in the LEAVE
camp may have played fast-and-loose with facts resulting in
poorly informed voters (see "ignorance" above)
- It appears than many people now get their news from social
media (Facebook, Twitter, and blogs) rather than traditional sources like newspapers,
magazines, or fact-checked news programs on television (see
"ignorance" above) so people preferred to be misinformed.
- It appears that many people under age 40 are upset with the
result even though only ~ 30% of that group bothered to vote
(see "ignorance" above)
- Google tells us that the most searched phrase in Britain the
day after the vote as "what is the EU?" (see "ignorance" above)
- Time and time again I heard radio interviews claiming that
Britain now contains too many immigrants (see "xenophobia"
- Other radio commentators claimed this was a vote against
"the elites" (if this refers to "well educated politicians" then
this could be interpreted as political fundamentalism; if this
refers to "well educated scientists" then this might be
considered a rejection of science)
Question: is BREXIT a further example of the
decline of the British Empire?
- In her recent book
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome,
author Mary Beard tells us that Rome changed for the worse between 60
BCE. Prior to this, any wealthy man (like Cicero) could become a consul of Rome. But
ten years later only the super wealthy (like Cassius, Pompey, and
Caesar) who were able to do so.
Americans have flirted with super wealthy presidential candidates
for a decade or two now with the names "H Ross Perot", "Mitt
Romney", and "Donald Trump" springing to mind. But with Trump
as president, and with many buildings in Washington D.C. looking like
ancient Rome, it makes me wonder about the future of American
democracy. Perhaps it is time to stop telling American school boys
and girl "you might be president one day"
So now I urge you to return to the chart at the top of this page and ask yourself:
comfortable living on the decline of the last bump?
If the answer is
"no" then I suggest you suppress your expressions of: ignorance, superstition,
religious fundamentalism, xenophobia, intolerance,
rejection of science.
Together I feel we could (collectively) minimize the
amplitude and period of the last bump but this is only possible once we
realize that our current behavior is not normal.
Have you ever noticed
that when you present people with
facts that are contrary to their deepest held beliefs they always change
their minds? No, me neither.
In fact, people seem to double down on their
beliefs in the teeth of overwhelming evidence against them. The reason is
related to the worldview perceived to be under threat by the conflicting
data. Creationists, for example
, dispute the evidence
for evolution in fossils and DNA because they are concerned about
secular forces encroaching on religious faith. Anti-vaxxers
big pharma and think that money corrupts medicine, which
leads them to believe that vaccines cause autism despite the
inconvenient truth that the one and only study claiming such a link was
retracted and its lead author accused of fraud. The 9/11
focus on minutiae like the melting point of steel in the
World Trade Center buildings that caused their collapse because they
think the government lies and conducts “false flag” operations to create
a New World Order. Climate deniers
rings, ice cores and the PPM of greenhouse gases because they are
passionate about freedom, especially that of markets and industries to
operate unencumbered by restrictive government regulations.
desperately dissected the
president’s long-form birth certificate in search of fraud because they
believe that the nation’s first African-American president is a
socialist bent on destroying the country. Click
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