Our society is one step closer to a complete breakdown. According to a scientist, our world could end in ten years.
Professor Peter Turchin says social unrest and political upset could result in the collapse of the world as we know it, based on his latest research.
Reflecting on Donald Trump’s recent election success, the scientist claims “the deep structural forces that brought us the current political crisis have not gone away.”
He warns the 2020s could bring society to an “instability peak” as issues over the rich-poor divide, political infighting and government dysfunction come to a head.
According to Professor Turchin’s research: “We should expect many years of political turmoil, peaking in the 2020s.
“But this is a science-based forecast, not a ‘prophecy’. It’s based on solid social science.”
The professor at the University of Connecticut’s in the ecology and evolutionary biology department is a world-leading expert on cliodynamics.
The research uses maths and science to predict historical events such as the rise and fall of empires and growth and death of religions.
Professor Turchin said as living standards fall and political parties in the US threaten to break apart, his model found “social instability and political violence would peak in the 2020s”.
But the scientist argues the collapse of society is not “inevitable”.
Writing on Phys.org, Professor Turchin, said: “Our society, like all previous complex societies, is on a rollercoaster.
“Impersonal social forces bring us to the top; then comes the inevitable plunge. But the descent is not inevitable.
“Ours is the first society that can perceive how those forces operate, even if dimly.
“This means that we can avoid the worst – perhaps by switching to a less harrowing track, perhaps by redesigning the rollercoaster altogether.”