Category Archives: Social Change

Will opposites continue to drive change?

Inayatullah’s article characterizes the recent history of Pakistan as a pendulum of the military general and the politician, and he mentions Pitirim Sorokin’s theory of social change in which overreach is followed by correction. In some ways, this is consistent … Continue reading

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cycles then, now, and tomorrow

In the present era of rapid and accelerating change, in what ways will cycles of the future resemble those of the past? In what ways will they differ?

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social collapse — did Diamond identify everything?

Diamond, in his book Collapse (see book review / discussion synopsis), has identified five factors that contribute to the collapse of a society.  What relevance will these factors have ten years from now?

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sound bites and superficiality — here to stay?

Taljaard’s article mentions sound bites.  Are sound bites, perhaps in conjunction with information overload, leading to a society that favors superficial thinking in preference to in-depth thinking – especially among voters and consumers?  Conversely, will counter-trends prevail, for example, increased … Continue reading

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evolution of civilization — linear or cyclical?

Natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina often bring out both the best and the worst in human behavior, the worst including looting.  In contrast, no looting was reported during the recent earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan.  Considering human behavior … Continue reading

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