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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!
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Breaking Down: Collapse Kory & Kellan

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 269 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!
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    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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    • 32 min
    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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    • 34 min
    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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    • 36 min
    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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    • 56 min
    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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    • 40 min
    Episode 6: The Financial System

    Episode 6: The Financial System

    The massive social experiment that is our financial system is truly understood by few. This episode details how we are practically victims of history's largest Ponzi scheme. How long will the con last?

    Learn More:
    The Crash Course (Full Course)
    The Crash Course (Short Version)
    Fractional Reserve Banking
    How does the Federal Reserve create money?
    Money in Circulation
    US Debt Clock
    Zimbabwe Hyperinflation



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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
269 Ratings

269 Ratings

Bradmeiklejohn ,

Eastern Religion - Buddhism

Guys, I would send you an email but I can't find an address. Your episode on Eastern Religion where Kellen discussed Buddhism was a very good synopsis.

A few tips to clear up some of the points:

The First Noble Truth is the statement that suffering exists in the world, not that life is suffering. Each of the truths has 3 aspects that need to be penetrated to or fully experienced. Thus, we have to feel the experience of suffering. The third truth, the cessation of suffering, directs us to experience the end of suffering, which is possible. Once we get intimate with what suffering feels like and how we create it we can also have the experience of not suffering.

Cory asked what happens when you achieve enlightenment: no, you don't disappear, you cease to suffer.

Karma can be simply understood as cause-and-effect. This causes that.

With metta,
Brad Meiklejohn
Eagle River, Alaska

Souldiva23 ,

No surprise on latest releases

Y’all literally got ahead of yourselves and tried starting another podcast covering a less relevant topic then tried to back track onto this one again because (and I’m just assuming) that the other podcast is not thriving like you hoped (no surprise). I reviewed back when you came out with the “Wrap up” saying exactly this. I have to say the 2 episodes that you released were weak in comparison to earlier episodes and were not information rich. It was also a funny hear you both step around and avoid the topic of ya’ll “wrapping up” like it was temporary the whole time (which honestly just showed that everything did not work out how you thought it would). The weeks since you released those episodes which you used to release every week also shows the decline in quality.

castls123 ,

I’m stupider for having listened to this.

Wow

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