Modern Society Pretty Much Doomed
NASA-funded study says the end is nigh
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2014 4:16 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Don't look now, but industrial society is going the way of the Dodo bird. According to a NASA-funded study, modern societies will self-destruct in the vein of past empires (think Roman, Han, Mesopotamian) because the 1% are consuming too much and we're bound to run out of resources. "Who's to blame?" asks Gizmodo. "You. Me. Everyone walking around outside your window." The study itself gives a more detailed breakdown of how elites will gobble up too many resources and idly ignore impending disaster, the Guardian reports.

Led by mathematician Safa Motesharri, the study found that energy, agriculture, water, climate, and population have undermined past empires when resources ran thin and society became overly stratified between haves and have-nots. "Collapse is difficult to avoid" in our society, probably because "elites consume too much" and will create "an inequality-induced famine." Technology won't save us, either, because it forces greater resource extraction and consumption. The only solutions? Distribute resources more fairly, use less-intensive renewable resources, and reduce population growth, the study says. "Which is just as difficult and improbable as it sounds," sighs Gizmodo. (Click to see other theories about how human civilization could end.)

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future2083
Mar 18, 2014 12:42 AM CDT
Our overconsumption of everything will lead to our downfall. The answer to these problems is each and every one of us taking responsibility. Its not about the government or any institution causing these problems. It's our decisions.... Daily decisions
PoppyRockz
Mar 17, 2014 10:07 PM CDT
Does NASA have any marriage advice or cooking tips for us to go along with this? Not that we aren't doomed, just questioning the expertise of the source.
Jdove47
Mar 17, 2014 6:45 PM CDT
Liberal BS from obamie's version of nasa. Very sad how far it has fallen under him and how grotesquely liberal it has become under this potus. Truth doesn't even rate a ride let alone being in the back seat.