You know, I am old enough to recall when NASA was all about space exploration. Under the current administration it appears that NASA is mostly concerned with supporting the agendas of the Obama Administration. Case in point, a NASA funded study of epic historical illiteracy:
“Two important features seem to appear across societies that have collapsed,” reads the study. “The stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity and the economic stratification of society into Elites and Masses.”
Meanwhile, resources continue to be used up, even by the technologies designed to preserve them. For instance, “an increase in vehicle fuel efficiency technology tends to enable increased per capita vehicle miles driven, heavier cars, and higher average speeds, which then negate the gains from the increased fuel-efficiency,” the study said.
The researchers used what they termed a Human And Nature DYnamical (HANDY) formula to reach their conclusions. The formula uses factors such as birth rates, resources, and income classes to create a mathematical equation to project outcomes.
For those who think modern society is immune from the problems that brought down ancient civilizations, a “brief overview of collapses demonstrates not only the ubiquity of the phenomenon, but also the extent to which advanced, complex and powerful societies are susceptible to collapse,” the study said.
So how do we save ourselves? “Collapse can be avoided, and population can reach a steady state at the maximum carrying capacity, if the rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed equitably,” reads the report.
Go here to read the rest. What this nonsense on stilts actually reminds me of is the way conservatives in the sixties would point to current sexual immorality and state that is how the Roman Empire fell. Please. The three main factors in the fall of most civilizations are: catastrophic military defeat, the growth of governmental bureaucracy that stifles initiative and imposes crushing costs on the private sector and increasingly sclerotic elites who simply are unable to meet new challenges. I almost feel like sending the authors of this travesty my 12 volume set of Toynbee’s A Study of History which has several thousand pages devoted to why societies collapse, but I doubt if they would read it. (Toynbee had a lot of crackpot ideas, but the hundreds of historical vignettes that dot his Study are invaluable.) You can go here to read the paper. It is the usual type of trash produced these days in too much social “science” where math substitutes for actual historical knowledge. The study reaches its preferred conclusions, ecological catastrophe and “inequality”, by loading up the study with societies like “Great Zimbabwe”, where the historical record is non-existent to very poor, and ignoring the collapse of societies where the historical record is quite good: Rome, Ancient Egypt, various Chinese dynasties, etc. Almost all the works cited at the end of the study are recent, in the last decade or so, and most devoted to precisely the same ecological interpretation of historical events favored by this study. Garbage in, garbage out in other words. Politicized junk history is worthless and this study is a prime example. Stick to space exploration and Tang NASA, History is most definitely not your strong suit.