Category History

An Open Letter to the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Project

Dear SETIans! For quite a long time now, you and your predecessors at SETI have been trying to find a signal from an extraterrestrial civilization. So far, nothing has been found. It appears to me that there is a message in this fact. In a way, the universe has sent us a message and I […]

Being Strangeled by the Invisible Hand

In my previous posts I have explained the reasons why I think our civilization is going to collapse. In this post, I want to present a few considerations about how this is likely going to happen. I think the collapse will not happen suddenly. The reason for the collapse is that the resources of our […]

Civilizations – Part 4

(continued…) The standard view on resources is to treat them as being external to the system. So we perceive the extension of the system of our civilization as growth. But while this system is growing, the resources are shrinking. If growth happens at a constant rate (measured in percent), it is actually exponential, so the […]

Growth and Creativity

Originally posted on The Asifoscope:
Each species has a rate of reproduction that adapts or has adapted to its risk of death. As a result, populations will fluctuate but will in most cases remain more or less stable over time. Human beings are the animal that has creativity and as a result, technology. When the…