The Next 250 Years
chart used by Michael Dowd for telling The Great Story




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The Next Minute (250 years)
on the Cosmic Century Timeline

This chart is derived from the Cosmic Century Timeline chart.

1. MAJOR CHALLENGES

  • Effects of Global Warming: rising sea level; intensity/frequency of hurricanes, tornados, droughts, flooding; plants and animals needing human-assisted translocation
  • Continuing loss of biodiversity due to human causes
  • Impact of growing human population on food, energy, pollution, habitats
  • Gap between the rich and poor, haves/have nots
  • Bio-computers becoming more intelligent that human beings
  • Any one or a combination of wild cards

    2. WILD CARDS

  • Supervolcano eruption (e.g., Yellowstone) or methane burp
  • Asteroid impact or extreme solar activity
  • Pole Shift or Gulf Stream shutting down
  • Geopolitical conflicts
  • NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) error or terror
  • GNR (Genetic, Nanotechnology, Robotic) error or terror
  • Epidemic(s) of flu, smallpox, drug resistant TB, etc.
  • The Singurarity (Kurzweil) and its effects

    3. LONG-TERM AND SHORT-TERM TRENDS CONTINUING

  • Bad news, chaos, breakdowns catalyze creativity and transformation
  • Organic/Nested Creativity paradigm replaces Mechanistic paradigm
  • Technology further enables/empowers human connectedness
  • People/organizations share information and experience more often, more widely, and more deeply
  • Circles of care, compassion, concern, and commitment continue to widen
  • Cooperation (interdependence/nonzero: win-win, lose-lose) expands at multiple levels
  • Feedback (inner and outer) is increasing accurate and helpful
  • World's religions integrate/celebrate evolution and ecology

    4. LIKELY GOOD NEWS (NEXT 250 YEARS)

  • Human population stabilizes and then declines
  • Clean, renewable energy sources replace toxic, nonrenewable energy sources
  • "Sixth Great Mass Extinction" is ended
  • Biomimicry design revolution: law, medicine, politics, economics, education...
  • Global democratic/biocratic revolution / World-wide religious revival
  • All significant pollution problems solved
  • Global self-interest, personal self-interest, and corporate self-interest aligned
  • Birth of "Cybiont" (de Rosnay): humanity, technology, and nature as one organism

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