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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:09 am 
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/scien ... 95668.html

I don't see how the world can change course in time. Ah well, all compounded things must come to an end.

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There are various modern works discussing how and why a society disintegrates and collapses. The parallels between modern industrial civilization and the Roman empire are striking. They overshot their resource base and carrying capacity resulting in disintegration and ultimately collapse.

Two of my favorite authors are Joseph Tainter and Peter Turchen.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:57 pm 
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Efforts should be directed towards preserving human, scientific and cultural knowledge that can survive a collapse of civilization. For example, Buddhists should look into preserving all manner of texts (including the most recent scholarship) that can survive a throwback to dark ages. Perhaps buried in a cave like Dunhuang.

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