Physics of the Future: Religion and Politics

What I’ve learned from reading Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku:

One very timely section I’ve read from this book has been on the reasons certain civilizations rise and fall, at least according to Kaku and his fellow scientists.

He claims that nations/empires that had a scientific edge and was always looking to expand outward have consistently, historically had an edge over all the other nations. For centuries the Chinese had the power, then Romans, then Europeans, then the United States.

Why did the various empires finally fail? It seems that as soon as the empires started becoming more isolationist, exclusionary, and especially religious their power left them. They closed off from the world and stopped focusing on making new discoveries and new technologies and often instead began instead enforcing various dogmas, whether a religious doctrine or a very tight and limiting dictatorship where all the resources go to keeping the reigning group in power.

So the worst thing to do is to limit education, research, and the creative and scientific minds of a nation. I really don’t want to get into politics, but I have been finding interesting all these discussions on why the Republican party is not appealing to all these younger groups and growing minority groups. Could it be because many Republicans are so caught up in various religious dogmas that they are making it impossible for them to grow? Times change, and we have to be able to change and grow or we will be left behind.

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