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by Hannah Leitheiser

Stable Society - Part 1

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The End of Man?

Olof Johannesson




"If at a given moment, observations are made at meteorological stations, one can set up differential equations and by solving them, predict the weather. Not until computers was it possible to work out the forecast promptly enough for it to be complete before the predicted weather happened.

The sociological problem is similar. In a static community, one has leisure to measure and study, but in a society rendered progressive through technology, forecasts by humans are obsolete as they are made. We now know with certainty that no stable society could have been built in the pre-computer age." - Olof Johannesson, The End of Man? (1968)