The Physics Of The Future

In the morning of July 24th, 2021, I was taken aback by the heartfelt expression of loss by some of the physicists that I follow on Twitter. The theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate, Steven Weinberg — pillar of modern physics, had died overnight. Weinberg had reached fame by helping to…

Developments That Might Disrupt Our Lives

This time of year, one can expect to receive analyses that elaborate on the prospects in the year(s) to come. Balanced as they often are, they are typically written by established chums in the world of finance and business. So, apart from climate change, what are the serious threats to…

Machine Learning’s Copernican Consequences

The society of physicists sometimes reminds of a wild bunch of kids singing and dancing on the same tune, each kid trying to get in the limelight. Societies, even of physicists, rise to decline eventually, typically collapsing from the inside out when the foundations are folding. Not many inside see…

Total Rethink Of Physics?

Machine learning (ML) is about to produce a paradigm shift of biblical proportions—a crude departure from a framework of thinking that dominated physics for 2,500 years ever since the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, introduced it in his dialog, Timaeus. The use of ML is bound to magnify the anomalies in…

An Unexpected Source Of Gen Z Spirituality

Religion is going through a silent crisis. Derived from the latin verb “re-ligare”, it means to re-connect or re-bind. The term once implied reconnecting or rebinding with God. Colored by the Christian clay, from which this interpretation arose, it is, to paraphrase Robert Proctor — an American historian of science…

Cracks In The Opaque Glasshouse of Physics

Something’s cooking in the world of physics. In 2006, the American theoretical physicist, Peter Woit, publishes a best-seller, Not Even Wrong. In his book, Woit argues, rather convincingly, that string theorists have gotten carried away. Without experimental evidence for their predictions, string theorists appear to live on a hunch: their…

Natural Language Processing To Visualize The State of Nations

This proposal invites Google to use their natural language processing power to generate a rolling synthesis of press articles about nation states to produce simple statistics that confirm their predominant season of development and the related seasonal success factors. A platform for opinion makers, policy developers, and voters, ‘Google Nations’…

In The Wake of Alexei Navalny’s Arrest

Not something that the Russian leadership will easily accept but, as the diagram below shows, the Russian cycle of societal emergence suggests that Russia is bound to fragment internally near the end of Putin’s rein. The question is: To what extent and when, exactly?

Marcus van der Erve

Sociologist (PhD), Physicist (B.Eng), Futurist

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