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Apprehensive about the future? Like many, you likely have a gut feeling that things aren't quite right, but haven’t been able to place your finger on why. That feeling only grows with the increasing political tensions, economic uncertainty, natural disasters, and supply chain disruptions. What do all these challenges mean? And what will be the result of society’s current trajectory? “Breaking Down: Collapse” takes the complex concepts surrounding the ultimate collapse of modern industrial society and simplifies them so they’re easier to learn. The compelling evidence for our inevitable decline is introduced by collapse-aware Kory to his good friend, Kellan, who probably doesn’t realize what he signed up for! Skeptical? Gear up for a paradigm shift!

Breaking Down: Collapse Kory & Kellan

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 41 Ratings

Apprehensive about the future? Like many, you likely have a gut feeling that things aren't quite right, but haven’t been able to place your finger on why. That feeling only grows with the increasing political tensions, economic uncertainty, natural disasters, and supply chain disruptions. What do all these challenges mean? And what will be the result of society’s current trajectory? “Breaking Down: Collapse” takes the complex concepts surrounding the ultimate collapse of modern industrial society and simplifies them so they’re easier to learn. The compelling evidence for our inevitable decline is introduced by collapse-aware Kory to his good friend, Kellan, who probably doesn’t realize what he signed up for! Skeptical? Gear up for a paradigm shift!

    Episode 1: Introducing Collapse

    Episode 1: Introducing Collapse

    What is collapse? This episode introduces the topic of the podcast, establishing a foundation for the conversation moving forward. 
    Is it a conspiracy? Is it a certainity, or are we talking about a one-off chance? Will it happen during our life time? These questions and more answered in this episode.
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    Episode 25: A Conversation with Desh Amila

    Episode 25: A Conversation with Desh Amila

    Desh Amila gives a fascinating perspective on what it's like growing up in a country torn by civil war, as well as the dangers of our hyperpolarized political environment. You can check out his new documentary, "Better Left Unsaid", at www.betterleftunsaidfilm.com



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    Episode 2: Complex Society

    Episode 2: Complex Society

    The complex state of our society makes us especially vulnerable to collapse. As a result of building this system, we each rely on it to keep us alive and have therefore lost our independence.

    In this episode we answer the question of what it means to be complex, and why it is so dangerous.

    Timeline of Human Technological Advancement
    What Makes a Society Complex?
    Diminishing Returns of Technological Advancement
    EMP Report (EMP Commission)
    Coronavirus and the Supply Chain
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    Episode 3: The Energy Crisis

    Episode 3: The Energy Crisis

    Energy fuels our lives. So why have we risked so much by devouring energy that can't be replaced and is unsustainable? Every wildfire hits a peak where it burns at maximum heat and covers the largest area, before it dies down due to insufficient fuel sources. Our society, also at its peak, must eventually face the same decline.

    Learn More:

    Energy Slave - Comic
    Energy Slaves
    A Short History of Energy
    Energy and Human Evolution
    What is Oil Used For?
    Jevon's Paradox
    Why Renewables Can't Save the Planet
    EROEI
    Peak Oil



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    Episode 4: Overshoot & Limits to Growth

    Episode 4: Overshoot & Limits to Growth

    In this episode we discuss the concept of overshoot, and the consequences it has on society and our ecosystem. We also discuss the book Limits to Growth, which is based around computer modeling done at MIT to discover the fate of our society in the next 50 years. 

    Learn More:

    Limits to Growth PDF


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    Episode 5: Catabolic Collapse

    Episode 5: Catabolic Collapse

    In this episode we discuss one of the mechanisms by which societal collapse happens over time, and what it looks like for every-day people.

    Sources:

    How Civilizations Fall: A Theory of Catabolic Collapse - John Michael Greer
    Dark Age America - John Michael Greer

    GDP Growth
    Infrastructure Report Card





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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Maybe Surely ,

Damn good podcast here. Glad I found it.

This show digs deep without trying to convince you of anything. I do my own research and so does this show. This podcast is thoughtful in its organization of information and presentation and has helped me to have a more clear and defined picture of what we are up against. I effortlessly listened to every episode. Give it a try.

tem861519 ,

Get your head out of the sand

The first 8 episodes will make you feel anxious but if you keep listening you’ll feel like there’s some things you can control, it’s not hopeless and you’ll be more aware of the things happening all around you. Find your people, and get them to listen too.

JustMcCoy ,

Excellent Push and Pull Perspective

This podcast is perfect to learn about collapse. Great overview, excellent interviews, and superb deep-dives. At 30 year’s old it’s clear that our world is changing and not always for the best. If you’re noticing things change around you please listen to this. Stay away from my Canadian water and ABOLISH ALL STUDENT DEBT!

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