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The paradox of dominance: The age of civilizational conflict | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
"American dominance of conventional military capabilities has forced potential competitors to explore asymmetric responses. Some of these, such as cyber conflict capabilities, may appear primarily tactical, but taken together with emerging strategic doctrines such as Russian "new generation warfare" or Chinese "unrestricted warfare" and unpredictable and potent technological evolution, an arguably new form of warfare—"civilizational conflict"—is emerging. This does not mean that current strategic and operational doctrine and activities are obsolete, but it does mean that a new conceptual framework for conflict among cultures is required, within which such more traditional operations are developed and deployed."
conflict  future  civilization  war  military 
march 2015 by tsuomela
The Dark Mountain Project
"The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilisation tells itself. We see that the world is entering an age of ecological collapse, material contraction and social and political unravelling, and we want our cultural responses to reflect this reality rather than denying it. The Project grew out of a feeling that contemporary literature and art were failing to respond honestly or adequately to the scale of our entwined ecological, economic and social crises. We believe that writing and art have a crucial role to play in coming to terms with this reality, and in questioning the foundations of the world in which we find ourselves."
writing  art  humanities  future  pessimism  civilization  crisis 
july 2014 by tsuomela
The causality analysis of climate change and large-scale human crisis
"Recent studies have shown strong temporal correlations between past climate changes and societal crises. However, the specific causal mechanisms underlying this relation have not been addressed. We explored quantitative responses of 14 fine-grained agro-ecological, socioeconomic, and demographic variables to climate fluctuations from A.D. 1500–1800 in Europe."
climate-change  environment  history  civilization  determinism  anthropology  collapse  society 
august 2012 by tsuomela
Collapse, environment, and society
"Historical collapse of ancient states poses intriguing social-ecological questions, as well as potential applications to global change and contemporary strategies for sustainability. Five Old World case studies are developed to identify interactive inputs, triggers, and feedbacks in devolution. Collapse is multicausal and rarely abrupt."
climate-change  environment  history  civilization  determinism  anthropology  collapse  society 
august 2012 by tsuomela
Open Source Ecology
"The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts."
open-source  ecology  environment  civilization  manufacturing  makers  making  technology  crisis 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Manual for Civilization - The Long Now Blog
Today we received another email about creating a record of humanity and technology that would help restart civilization...
Over the years these proposals have been in different forms; create a book, set of books, stone tablets, micro-etched metal disk, or a constantly updated wiki. I really like the idea of creating such a record, in fact the Rosetta Disk project was our first effort in this direction. These Doomsday Manuals are a positive step in the direction of making a softer landing for a collapse, and the people creating them (like ourselves) are certainly out to help people. It took millennia for the world to regain the technology and levels of societal organization attained by the Romans, so maybe a book like this would help that.
survival  civilization  history  apocalypse  diy  thinking  environment 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Turkey: Archeological Dig Reshaping Human History - Newsweek.com
Standing on the hill at dawn, overseeing a team of 40 Kurdish diggers, the German-born archeologist waves a hand over his discovery here, a revolution in the story of human origins. Schmidt has uncovered a vast and beautiful temple complex, a structure so ancient that it may be the very first thing human beings ever built. The site isn't just old, it redefines old: the temple was built 11,500 years ago—a staggering 7,000 years before the Great Pyramid, and more than 6,000 years before Stonehenge first took shape. The ruins are so early that they predate villages, pottery, domesticated animals, and even agriculture—the first embers of civilization. In fact, Schmidt thinks the temple itself, built after the end of the last Ice Age by hunter-gatherers, became that ember—the spark that launched mankind toward farming, urban life, and all that followed.
archaeology  history  humanities  religion  civilization  culture  evolution  anthropology  science  ancient  country(Turkey) 
february 2010 by tsuomela
The Earth Blog : Giving The Earth A Future
Keith Farnish is an environmental writer and activist who, in a former life, was a business continuity and IT security manager. He lives in Essex, UK with his wife and two children.
He has been involved in environmental issues for many years, initially specialising in energy supply, transport and climate change, and now as a campaigner against the system we call Industrial Civilization. He is continually striving to minimise his impact on the natural world.
weblog-individual  environment  activism  civilization 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Casaubon’s Book » Blog Archive » Settling
Most of us are here where we are without substantial ability to change our circumstances in a deep material sense. I think this observation is true, but painful for many people - that is it is possible that we may move about, it is possible that we may change jobs. But we are on a gradual slide away from economic stability, away from a dream that growth could always continue or come back, away from the idea of giving our children better in the sense of material increase, and utimately, towards the realization that we are staying where we are in the largest sense - the possibility of new frontiers has been erased.
attitude  location  sensation  end-times  civilization  collapse  via:pollard 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Is There Any Point in Fighting to Stave off Industrial Apocalypse? | CommonDreams.org
The collapse of civilisation will bring us a saner world, says Paul Kingsnorth. No, counters George Monbiot – we can't let billions perish
future  collapse  civilization  technology  gloom-and-doom  end-times  via:pollard 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Dark Mountain Project
Welcome to the Dark Mountain Project: a new literary movement for an age of global disruption. We aim to question the stories that underpin our failing civilisation, to craft new ones for the age ahead and to write clearly and honestly about our true place in the world.
art  future  community  literature  civilization  collapse  collaboration  technology  activism  gloom-and-doom  end-times  via:pollard 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Population Density : The Frontal Cortex
What led to the birth of human civilization? - 1. biological change in brains or 2. a change in population density and interconnectedness.
anthropology  archaeology  human-activity  biology  networks  connection  population  density  ancient  civilization  art  cultural-development 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Civilization's Cost: The Decline and Fall of Human Health -- Gibbons 324 (5927): 588 -- Science
Agriculture and cities made human life better, right? Wrong, say archaeologists who presented stunning new evidence at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists meeting. They pooled data on standardized indicators of health from skeletal remains, including stature, dental health, degenerative joint disease, anemia, trauma, and the isotopic signatures of what they ate, and gathered data on settlement size, latitude, and socioeconomic and subsistence patterns. They found that the health of many Europeans began to worsen markedly about 3000 years ago, after agriculture became widely adopted in Europe and during the rise of the Greek and Roman civilizations.
anthropology  civilization  cost  agriculture  health  history 
may 2009 by tsuomela
John Zerzan: anti-civilization theorist, writer and speaker
When people began domesticating animals and plants just 10,000 years ago, our species began a downhill slide. This is the premise of the anti-civilization movement, which is based on several decades of archaeological and ethnographic research. There is mounting, convincing evidence that domestication of animals and plants brought previously unknown side effects: hierarchy, gender inequality, disease, haves and have-nots, soil depletion and the creation of deserts, and a host of other ills. These negative trends have continued to build momentum, and now appear to be leading to worldwide catastrophe.
anarchism  anti-civilization  civilization  agriculture  anthropology  archaeology  primitivism  people 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Open the Future: Building Civilizational Resilience
The talk I gave at the Global Catastrophic Risks conference a while back is now up and online, so here's the link.
resilience  civilization  future  global  crisis  survival 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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