The Present Crisis, A Pattern
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January 2, 2013 - 2:02am
Written by Wim Grommen
Paper to be presented at the International Symposium, The Economic Crisis: Time for a Paradigm Shift Towards a Systems Approach, Universitat de València, January 24-25, 2013.
This paper advances a hypothesis of the end of the third industrial revolution and the beginning of a new transition. Every production phase or civilization or human invention goes through a so- called transformation process. Transitions are social transformation processes that cover at least one generation. In this paper I will use one such transition to demonstrate the position of our present civilization. When we consider the characteristics of the phases of a social transformation we may find ourselves at the end of what might be called the third industrial revolution. The paper describes the four most radical transitions for mankind and the effects for mankind of these tran...
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