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.