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End of days – what, again?!

We’re never short of commentary and predictions about the decline of the West.

The usual culprits are environmental destruction, wars, and natural disasters. In a New Scientist article, Laura Spinney (‘Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World’ 2016) offers a take on how things might unravel – our ever-increasing ignorance of how to keep our societies functioning and adapting to the pace of technological change.

Sorry, it’s not a re-tread of the old reliable ‘Kids these days, they’re so …!’ It’s all of us, and it’s built in: we don’t just like the short-cut thinking that Kahneman and Tversky explored in their ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’ – we live it.

But as our analytical skills degrade, who will run things that require the methodical, rational, time-consuming work to keep our screens on?

Read more here.