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World Affairs: The Journal of International Issues
Year : 2014, Volume : 18, Issue : 3
First page : ( 10) Last page : ( 34)
Print ISSN : 0971-8052. Online ISSN : 0974-0937.

Global Crises and the Meaning of Life: A Mega-History and Complexity-Studies Perspective

Nazaretyan Akop Pogosovich

Online published on 1 November, 2014.


Discussions related to global civilisation show a growing agreement about the kernel of global problems being a complex mix of cultural and psychological factors such as thought processes, value systems and worldviews. This consensus is supported by historical experience, which provides numerous examples of crises caused by human activity. A survey of such precedents helps highlight the essence of the troubles humanity is currently experiencing. The themes in this paper have developed alongside evolutionary mechanisms recently conceptualised as a result of two complementary paradigms—mega-history and complexity studies (synergetics or chaos theory). The article also briefly presents key patterns and mechanisms to substantiate final arguments.


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