Build Em’ Tall Just Before the Fall

Posted: July 27, 2010 in Complexity, Overshoot & Collapse, Quotes

“When you look at Tainter, and his study of classical collapse, what you see is that in every case, life was always as good as it was going to get just before the fall. In the Mayan civilisation, for example, you have the greatest rate of monument construction just before the collapse. It’s like Dubai now. We’re at the height of our powers and blowing our trumpets as loudly as can be to scare away the darkness.

But history reveals that this never works. Ever. And nature shows us why.”

~ Noah Raford

Additional Resources:

– Skyscrapers & Business Cycles –  (link)

– Collapse Dynamics – Phase Transitions in Complex Social Systems (link)


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