Humanity's Cultural/Social Issues

Death of the Middle Class

Chris Hedges "Death of the Liberal Class"

Here is a second lecture given in Toronto (hosted by TVO)
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Moving Forward

Jeremy Rifkin (Economist, Teacher, Author, Advisor, and Visionary) on the Distributed Energy Revolution.
Watching this video will only require 12 minutes of your life but the investment will be well worth it.

If you enjoyed the previous 12-minute video, additional details can be found in these two TVO videos titled: The Emphatic Civilization: Rethinking Human Nature in the Biosphere Era

This 26-minute interview between Alan Gregg and Jeremy Rifkin was published 2010-06-22

This 55-minute lecture was given by Jeremy Rifkin in Ottawa on 2010-05-16 

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) 
  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. 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