TEDx Goodenough College: Collapse of Complex Society: Learning From History

Posted on 06/26/2011


Check out my TEDx talk on ‘Collapse of Complex Society: Can We Learn From History?‘ at the Goodenough College, London. Watch it at TEDx event website or directly at YouTube.

The talk relates two great sociopolitical entities: Roman Empire and European Union thanks to the concepts of “complexity” and “energy”. To fulfill a promise of showing Roman history “in 20 seconds”, I first introduce the two concepts on the example of transition from a hunter-gatherer society to an agricultural society. Then I present Joseph Tainter’s view on the collapse of Roman Empire (collapse as an economizing process) to juxtapose Roman Empire with the European Union and show substantial structural differences between them. Comparing past historical misery of the partitioned Poland to its current standing in the EU we can reach some optimistic conclusion.

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