Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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NASA Study Concludes When Civilization Will End, And It's Not Looking Good for Us

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NASA Study Concludes When Civilization Will End, And It's Not Looking Good for Us
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Analyzing five risk factors 

for societal collapse (population, 

climate, water, agriculture and 

energy), the report says that 

the sudden downfall of complicated 

societal structures can follow

when these factors converge 

to form two important criteria. 

Motesharrei's report says that 

all societal collapses over 

the past 5,000 years have 

involved both "the stretching 

of resources due to the strain 

placed on the ecological 

carrying capacity" and "the 

economic stratification of 

society into Elites [rich] 

and Masses (or "Commoners") 

[poor]." This "Elite" population 

restricts the flow of resources 

accessible to the "Masses", 

accumulating a surplus 

for themselves that is high 

enough to strain natural 

resources. Eventually this 

situation will inevitably 

result in the destruction of society.

Elite power, the report

 suggests, will buffer 

"detrimental effects of the 

environmental collapse 

until much later than the 

Commoners," allowing 

the privileged to "continue 

'business as usual' despite 

the impending catastrophe."

Science will surely save us, 

the nay-sayers may yell. 

But technology, argues Motesharrei, 

has only damned us further...

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