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NASA claims: Dozens of advanced ancient civilizations collapsed before us

Is it possible that just like many other advanced civilizations in the past, ours too is heading towards an impending collapse? Is the collapse of society imminent? These are some of the questions a study from NASA aims at answering. The study, partly sponsored by the Goddard Space Flight Center suggests that civilizations as we know it could come to an abrupt end in the coming decades due to a number of factors.

If we look back in history, 3000 – 5000 years, we will find a historical record that clearly shows us how advanced and complex civilizations were just as susceptible to collapse as we are today. This ongoing pattern has led researchers to question the future existence of society and civilization as we know.

If we were to look back further back in time, over 10,000 years, we would encounter evidence of advanced civilizations that possibly predate the Pre-Inca, Olmec, and Ancient Egyptian civilization, not to mention other advanced ancient civilizations in ancient Mesopotamia.

It is difficult to overlook the repeating patterns identified by scholars in most of these civilizations and the NASA funded study is clear evidence of the path ancient civilizations on EArth have taken for thousands of years. This is considered by many people as a sign that clearly states that ancient civilizations have reset a number of times.


These factors have kept on repeating themselves and have been the culprit for ancient civilizations before us.  In the report, applied mathematician Safa Motesharri and his “Human and Nature Dynamical” model claims that “the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history.”

“The fall of the Roman Empire, and the equally (if not more) advanced Han, Mauryan, and Gupta Empires, as well as so many advanced Mesopotamian Empires, are all testimony to the fact that advanced, sophisticated, complex, and creative civilizations can be both fragile and impermanent.”

The study came to the conclusion that there are two key social features that contributed to the collapse of every single advanced civilization from the past: “the stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity”; and “the economic stratification of society into Elites [rich] and Masses (or “Commoners”) [poor]” These social phenomena have played “a central role in the character or in the process of the collapse,” in all such cases over “the last five thousand years.”

Even though our civilizations is at a very advanced technological stage, this does not necessarily mean that we are saved from imminent chaos. In the study we find that “Technological change can raise the efficiency of resource use, but it also tends to raise both per capita resource consumption and the scale of resource extraction, so that, absent policy effects, the increases in consumption often compensate for the increased efficiency of resource use.”

One of the best examples of advanced ancient civilizations disappearing can be found in Mesoamerica.

If we take a look at the ancient Maya who were an extremely advanced ancient civilization we find that several factors played a crucial role for this once great empire to crumble eventually. While most researchers would agree that Deforestation, Famine and Drought where some of the key components in the failure of the ancient Maya, we find a similar pattern in other civilizations, not only I the Americas, but around the globe.

Motesharrei and his colleagues conclude that under conditions “closely reflecting the reality of the world today… we find that collapse is difficult to avoid.” In the first of these scenarios, civilization:

“…. appears to be on a sustainable path for quite a long time, but even using an optimal depletion rate and starting with a very small number of Elites, the Elites eventually consume too much, resulting in a famine among Commoners that eventually causes the collapse of society. It is important to note that this Type-L collapse is due to an inequality-induced famine that causes a loss of workers, rather than a collapse of Nature.”

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  • Physics Police

    False headline. “As is the case with all independent research, the views and conclusions in the paper are those of the authors alone. NASA does not endorse the paper or its conclusions.”

  • Bob Barker

    There is a huge difference here between all other ancient civilizations and today. The truth is, modern civilization is Global instead of regional. Each of these empires were in the constraints of a geographical space and much more limited trading capability that took considerably longer to take place. Even if multiple currently civilized nations collapsed, the advancements of society as a whole would not be lost without a planet changing catastrophic event.

    • Mathew Moss

      So I take it that you’re a global-climate-change skeptic.

      • Jeff Blanks

        Not necessarily. You can accept the evidence of global warming and still believe that it doesn’t necessarily mean The End Of The World.

        • Marty Holden

          well said

  • dikki56

    thhos civilizatons had no way of recording data and storing data , to day it is different

    • JamesEdwinStarr

      Silica-based storage would be wind-blown for so long that it becomes sand again. No evidence of the data would be left. Carbon-based storage would also be non-evident. Even paper would be lost after time. Clay-tablets have to be transcribed for the next generation (they too turn to dust). If there is no next generation the records will eventually be lost. DUH. Vulcan rule of logic …”if it can’t be proven, does not mean it’s not possible”.
      In other words … “By land and sea dust settles at the bottom, is compressed and covered until the earth’s core burns it up and blows it out a hole somewhere. Nothing remains forever, except the basic elements, in their elemental form.”

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  • iconickevin

    I don’t accept Mr Wiggington’s synopsis, I do believe Professor Guy McPhersons take on it and the word of the 6 jumbo pilots I know who all say the geo-engineering is clap trap. I believe geo-engineering is being manipulated to distract people from the reality of anthropogenic climate change, don’t fall for it. Our planet will incinerate but it won’t go Venus.

  • Back in college (decades ago) we had a professor who demonstrated that when the upper class reaches a certain size percentage in relation to the middle and lower classes, that civilization will collapse. In the USA and some countries in Europe, we’re mere percentage points from that point.

    As for the climate change skeptics who claim this is all part of a natural realignment, I don’t understand why they rule out that our human activity is contributing to and worsening that realignment. The argument that we can’t stop this and therefore need to do nothing is a position you would hear in kindergarten.

    • Tanya Bower

      Drought in the 9th Century at the beginning of the Medieval Warm Period, brought them down in 80 years. It was climate change without SUV’s, which is why NASA want you to believe it was deforestation what done it. Mind you, deforestation didn’t help, but the cause was due to natural periodic climate change.

      • Hrothgir Ó Dómhnaill

        So, they should have just cut the tree down all the same… Right?

  • Evan T Spurrell

    affluence destroys civilizations not scarcity.

  • Donal Laurence Heffernan

    Agreed. The very fact that something appears in print lends it a false authenticity. You can write whatever you like, without any external control, or critical editing, and present it as factual. Like the old adage,’paper does not refuse ink’, the Web will soak up any offering.

  • Patrick Wastson

    Wow really? Did not read one thing that has note been said many times before… wonder people listen to Trump!
    Nice picture….maybe put a dragon in it and say god’s missing one’s!

  • Steve

    that is what happens when we have too many greedy diks ….read “Ten Faces of the Universe” By Hoyle….collapse date = 2012-2020 !

  • stevor

    Sure, and then they’ll tell us that it was aliens so when (not “if”) then have a fake “Jesus” return in a “space ship”, they can get the “christians” (not “Christians”) to abandon Christianity and start to worship “star people” (before they’re led to total atheism and then Satanism)

  • Dennis McCobb

    that’s very funny – Never A Straight Answer being referred to as credible:

    Logan Sharkey • a month ago

    Your “source” is What the fuck is that shit, where’s the NASA articles, where’s the credibility?