This blog has multiple purposes. First and foremost, I want to develop and describe a vision for the future that pulls together all of the incredible developments in technology, society and uses them to create a civilization the likes of which only exists in science fiction.
My thesis is that this approach to the future is not only possible, but essential to the survival of civilization, and possibly even humanity as a whole.
Currently this blog discusses recent climate science and its implications, the politics surrounding human-caused climate change, and how society and culture connect to it.
When I first started this blog, it was an effort, in part, to provide some perspective. Predictions like “two feet of sea level rise” or “more storms” were being called alarmism, and the actual worst-case scenarios were being ignored. Small wonder, then, that little real action has been taken. That topic and the reasoning behind it both still valid, and will continue in the Catacombs.
Those dangers are very real, and become more urgent with every day on which we take no action, but they are no longer what motivates me. In the Catacombs, we see a picture of a terrifying future, but it is one that need never occur, and it is a future that can be avoided simply by working to build the one described above.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
– Antoine de Saint Exupéry