Nothing is Real, but Chaos

September 29, 2007

“Nothing is real and we cannot say anything about what things are doing when we are not looking at them.”  This is a working rule of quantum physics.  In effect, “Something has to be observed to be real.”  But we’re faulty viewers who can only see ‘big things’ within a very limited spectrum of light & we have a tendency to misinterpret what we observe.

“In all natural processes the entropy of the world increases.”  This is the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.  Entropy is the measure of disorder in a process (system) or energy lost due to a lack of equilibrium.  In effect, all natural processes will degenerate into disorder and energy loss.  I have a tendency to interpret things philosophically, but isn’t this a perfect description of the world which we’ve created?

We seem to be organized.  We have telecommunications, public transit, international flights, global positioning systems, the Internet, etc.  We keep a mass of complex schedules meshed together and running relatively smoothly.  But if we were to put this ‘high-energy’ system slightly out of balance (remove public transit or radar, for instance) – the system would quickly degenerate into chaos and the result would be energy loss (slowing down).

If we were to put the system seriously out of whack (i.e. remove electricity – shutting down all organizing systems) and the system would collapse in an astronomical instant, which is marginally longer than an earthly instant!

Don’t worry about it, though.  According to the 2nd Law – the breakdown I write of is inevitable.  It WILL happen.

When?

I know not, but the more we rely on technology we do not fully understand, the more susceptible we are to chaos.

Think about your life…what do you do that does not require some form of electricity (energy)?  Reading in the sunlight?  Where did the paper come from?  What about the ink and the binding?  Going for a walk?  You need energy (calories) to do that.  Are you growing your own food?  Probably not.  The current oil to calorie ratio is something like 10:1.  It takes 10 units of fuel to produce 1 unit of caloric (food) energy.  So that walk you thought was free, is not.

We cannot do anything without some source of fuel energy.  The entire system is built upon it.

That little Y2K scare was a warm up.

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The New Dark Ages

May 23, 2007

On July 1, the estimated population of Earth will be 6,605,046,992 (according to US Census Bureau).

When I was born, the population was approximately 4.16 billion.  In thirty-three years, we have out-birthed the mortality rate to the tune of 2.5 billion people.  On my 40th birthday, the population will be 7.4 billion.  At 50 years of age, 8.56 billion.  Just before I turn 61, we will break the 10 billion mark.

Whoa…wait a minute.  It will take less than 50 years the population of the planet to double.  Last fact is mentioned in Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth, so I shouldn’t pretend to be so surprised.  Quantity does not always equate to quality.  I think this is apt when considering the population boom.

How do we feed and clothe 10 billion people?  We can barely handle 6.5 billion.  How do we educate 10 billion people?  I don’t know much about the literacy rate, but I suspect it’s not on the rise.  Technology is widening the gap between rich & poor, first & third world.  How do we pacify the large percentage of 10 billion people who are naked, hungry, dumb and really pissed off about being so disadvantaged?  We don’t, quite simply put.

We are on the verge of a new dark age, where the controlling element of society will be largely uneducated and the masses, controlled through violence, will follow without question.  It will be catastrophic.

I am convinced that we are the pebble which started an avalanche about 100 years ago with the Industrial Revolution.  We’re approaching peak velocity, collecting mass ever quicker and plummetting toward the grandest crash of all time.  There’s no stopping now.  We’re sucked in and set.  This is all we’ve ever known, so it’s no wonder not many people seem to be aware of the danger. 

There will be a catastrophe of epic proportions on this planet and it will occur within my lifetime.