Society Could Collapse in a Decade, Predicts Math Historian
The end of the world as we know it could be near ― possibly just years from now, according to a scientist who uses historical and mathematical modeling to predict events.
Peter Turchin, a professor at the University of Connecticut’s department of ecology and evolutionary biology, warns in a phys.org article published this week that society could risk implosion within the decade because of increasing social unrest.
And, no, a collapse wouldn’t necessarily be President-elect Donald Trump’s fault ― though Turchin writes that he sees the businessman’s election win as confirmation that “negative trends seem to be accelerating.” Trump’s campaign marked an “unprecedented collapse of social norms governing civilized discourse,” Turchin adds.
“We should expect many years of political turmoil, peaking in the 2020s,” the cultural evolution researcher writes.
I’ve seen the same kinds of trends but had trouble articulating them.