Our limited understanding of the System’s (war) dynamics and development contributes to the dire condition of the System, and our impotence to take control over the System. It seems that humanities experience with war – our inability to take control – has caused a condition of collective learned helplessness.
Architects control gravity, the alternative for control is collapse. We do not control tensions in anarchistic systems.
As I explained in the preceding chapter, collapse of the System was unavoidable and a matter of time. Physical laws that applied (and apply) to the System’s war dynamics – and produced a coherent finite-time singularity dynamic that was accompanied by four accelerating and highly consistent war cycles – made collapse not only unavoidable, but also highly predictable (not only that this would happen, but when).
The United States Navy carrier Carl Vinson is recently deployed to Korea in response to North Korea’s provocations. Typically, during high-connectivity regimes of relatively stable periods, tensions can not be adequately released and issues not be resolved, and instead accumulate in the System. The System is charging for a systemic war that will be instrumental in upgrading the international order of the System.
Germany’s attack on Poland (September 1941) marks the moment emergent self-regulation of the energy-state of the had reached its limits, and the System (Europe) consequently collapsed.
The fact that the four war cycles – their frequency, as well as their amplitudes (in terms of severity) – accelerated, produced a singularity in finite time: The war dynamics of the System were eventually unsustainable.
Pinker failed to identify four accelerating war cycles the System produced during the period 1495-1945. These accelerating war cycles accompanied a finite-time singularity dynamic. War cycles must be used as the unit of analysis to be able to understand the (war) dynamics and development of the System.
In this paper, I focus on Pinker’s analysis of the war dynamics of the System and his interpretation of the data he uses. Pinker’s analysis and interpretation are discussed in chapter 5 of his book, with the title: “The Long Peace”.
The four accelerating war cycles the System produced during the period 1495-1945 – including their highly regular properties – are emergent properties of the System. These emergent properties are the product of the System’s conditions, dynamics and physical laws and mechanisms that apply to these dynamics.
Cover of Steven Pinker’s study. Pinker’s analysis of the war dynamics of the System is based on a wrong interpretation of the data.
This is the first article in a series of articles in which I discuss a critical evaluation of Steven Pinker‘s study with the title: “The Better Angels of Our Nature. A History of Violence and Humanity”.