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A blog by Leon Oudejans

The Great Filter in the rise & fall of nations (5)

There are enough signs that suggest the existence of earlier advanced human civilizations. From today’s point of view, the Sumerians are the 1st advanced human civilization which did numerous inventions. There are, however, signals that the Sumerians inherited their knowledge. Extreme deglaciation from 12,000 to 4,000 BC, a.k.a. “Great Flood“, “washed” most evidence away.

Some people think that extreme climate change might be the Great Filter that prevents civilizations from becoming everlasting in time. The Great Filter hypothesis is one of the explanations to the Fermi Paradox (my 2016 blog). We may not have found extraterrestrial intelligent life (“aliens”) because it was unable to escape the boundaries of its original planet. Apart from technology, extreme climate change might be one of these boundaries. (eg, Futurism)

Throughout human history, technology has been used for 2 main purposes: building and destroying. The Knowledge domain of the 7 Belief systems usually focuses on building. The Power domain focuses on both: building one’s own empire and destroying competitors. The beliefs MoneyReligion, and Politics, including the military, are in the Power domain.

In May 2017, theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking warned that “humans must colonize another planet in 100 years or face extinction”. The extinction threats come from climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth. In 2015, he had already warned for the dangers of new technology, like Artificial Intelligent Robotics (eg, killer robots) and genetically-engineered viruses. CNBC-2017, Guardian-2016, Independent-2015.
Throughout human history, gaining advantage (my 2017 blog) has always been our leading motive. As a result, we migrated from the Needs stage to the Wants stage (using tools & technology) of society. Since the 21st Century, we seem to have arrived in the Beliefs stage. Yesterday’s blog mentioned that there has never been a next, lasting, stage for human societies.

Stephen Hawking’s warning is relevant due to the potential toxic mix of (i) the Technological Revolution of 1800-2100, and (ii) entering into the Beliefs stage of society at large. The Beliefs stage brings arrogance and carelessness, pride and gullibility. Hence, the relevance of Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall”.

The human timeline started some 4 million years ago. Since 40,000 to 50,000 years ago, it includes us: the behavioral modern human. The Technological Revolution of 1800-2100 may allow us to become the first human species to leave planet Earth. We might even become the first human civilization to become everlasting in SpaceTime, similar to the Star Trek science-fiction creation by Gene Roddenberry

“Since, in the long run, every planetary civilization will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring–not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive… If our long-term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds.” Quote by Carl Sagan (1934-1996), astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist.

The Joker (1973) by Steve Miller Band – artists, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2

Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah

Some call me the gangster of love

Some people call me Maurice

Cause I speak of the pompitous of love


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