"The Dynamics of Humankind"
My life's work...
The Dynamics of Humankind explores a new understanding of our world through a biological view of civilisation, instead of the traditional economic view which is scientifically inadequate to describe the nature of what drives our way of life and its many complications. The author proposes a new field of study called Econology which seeks to bridge the disconnect between economics and ecology; offering new answers to our biggest questions and beyond.
Middleton’s work diligently navigates the minefield of complexities to life as we know it, exposing far deeper problems underpinning the Anthropocene epoch and driving the extinction of what we like to believe the most intelligent animal on Earth. A specific emphasis is placed on civilisation being an evolutionary anomaly and artificial habitat of convenience, which is incompatible with the natural world and ultimately counterproductive to the survival of the human species.
The book is disruptive of modern thinking and challenges publicly accepted wisdom in a way that invalidates the comfortable preconceptions we hold about civilised humans as advanced or refined, which undermines the very beliefs and constructs influencing our daily lives. An unattractive picture of the future is offered as a realistic alternative to more popular scenarios which rely on false assumptions and favourable narratives.
The Preferred Lifestyle
Life, Evolution & Survival
Religion, Philosophy & Justice
Leadership, Politics & Democracy
The Future of Humankind
Suspended in the looming darkness of a cosmic nowhere, meanwhile hurtling around the Sun at 66,000 miles per hour and circumnavigating the Milky Way galaxy every 250 million years at the unimaginable speed of 483,000 miles per hour; Planet Earth is the glowing blue marble we call home. A planet without purpose, progress nor reason; bustling with an improbable phenomenon called Life which exists everywhere it can through an infinitely flourishing capacity beyond measure, boasting an unbroken legacy of biological wonder since it first began over 3.75 billion years ago.
Life, in so many forms in so many places, hosts the terrestrial mammal order of Primate which in just the last 6-8 million years has spat out the weirdest bipedal anomaly the planet has ever seen called Homo sapiens; known today more commonly as the human of humankind. Having defied all odds and endured the elements, this strayed primate finds itself today in a new type of danger; living within its own artificial world of flashing lights and towering architecture, oblivious to the unintended consequences which come of bending nature to suit the imagination of man.
Supposing our planet was formed just twenty-four hours ago, then humankind’s existence accounts for the very last 1-second of that time, or, if we supposed that humankind had existed for a twenty-four hour period, then civilisation exists only in the last 15-minutes of that time. The significance of this perspective is that humankind only spirals into haywire with an unnaturally large footprint of destruction in the same 15-minute interval (or last 3%) where civilisation exists; in what has become a final era of man known as the Anthropocene epoch. Our existence itself as a remote primate ancestor is insignificantly small and unimportant in the grand scheme of things, yet, we live and behave as if we are the only life that matters and ignore the laws of nature we have spent so long trying to understand.
Man has built a world to his own design, which, has inadvertently become a place he cannot actually survive. What was meant to be an enlightened march of progress toward a heavenly utopia, has turned out to be a decline into a hellish dystopia. A pivotal moment in human history has now begun as we face the consequences that our chosen lifestyle has accrued; something which levied a severe and unyielding strain on the very delicate biosphere we desperately need to breathe, eat, drink and survive. Humans are a part of nature, but our recent dislocation from the natural world into a civilised way of life is not.
The Dynamics of Humankind is essentially a guidebook to understanding our artificial human world from a scientific perspective instead of socially or economically, without the usual noise and bias. The work which I have created comes freshly-inked from a new scientific field called Econology, which is the biological view of civilisation; providing a more comprehensive study of humankind’s errant departure from nature. Econology tells us a very different picture from what we have been telling ourselves, which is that we have become a wayward ecological abnormality and that our civilised economies are fundamentally incompatible with life on our planet.
How we have previously understood our world is construed in error from a skew in our perceptions caused by an economic bias, which has shaped our view of reality based on the economic demands of our preferred way of life and not the laws of nature. Of all the intricate knowledge we have distilled from modern scientific enquiry, we have kept our knowledge independent of applying to our own weird world which is extremely abnormal to the rest of Life on Earth. We know the fundamental concepts of nature right down to a subatomic level, yet, we live as if they do not apply to us the same way; remaining suspended in our manmade bubble like a souvenir toy snow-globe. We have interpreted human life from inside that bubble, rather than from outside where we can see that our goals and desires have created a social psychology with a civilisation bias; a view of life anchored to human preference.
Everything between this binding and the scope of econology began from a simple question which did not escape my focus in a decade: Why is everything going so wrong? Surely, if humans are as intelligent as we like to think, then how can we be facing a self-inflicted demise at the hand of our own doing? From that one restless enquiry, a colourful and elaborate research journey began to reexamine every aspect of humanity under a diligent new light, which now exposes the hidden causes behind the failure of humankind.
This book is not another influx of facts and figures about how destructive we are and the problems we create, but a productive journey to the very root of where our problems originate and worsen. The emphasis centres on an unparalleled evolutionary overlap where our technological capabilities far exceed our capacity for understanding, making our reach well beyond our grasp. The consequences of our technological and scientific innovation have created short-term individual advantages at a disproportionately larger cost in long-term disadvantages to our species.
Mainstream science has a relentless tendency to plaster the covers of magazines and articles with a futile amazement for technology and innovation because that is what sells, but it misdirects public conversation with an insatiable optimism that is grossly misplaced. Even the most reputable figures in science today fall into the same trap of turning objective subjects into fanciful narratives that better serve our political and economic ambitions, often prescribing professional opinions laced with personal preferences.
This is not one of those stories with a happy ending; it is a damning indictment of the civilised human world and our most recent evolutionary misadventures. What this literature presents is unwelcome and unwanted by anyone with a stake in civilisation, which, is anyone reading this right now. It requires a rare intellectual openness because what you are about to find shall undermine, deflate and invalidate what you need to believe to remain content, positive and motivated in finding a compelling reason why it makes sense to carry on with the madness of modern life.
My work delivers a penetrating blow to the very foundations of the human world as we know it; serving up harsh realities and cold consequences to our way of life which makes more than uncomfortable reading; it contradicts entirely what civilised society is actively trying to achieve each and every day. Realistically, I do not expect the things I propose to be accepted any time soon given that inconvenient truths take a lifetime to pass through the stages of being ridiculed, violently opposed, then finally accepted as self-evident when it is already too late.
Thus, I recognise my nonconformity works against a tide. I shall, anyway, proudly bear the cross as the chief misanthrope of my generation for contribution’s sake; committing to the pursuit of natural knowledge regardless of any reputational blowback incurred as a result. This is the first book I have ever written, and if I have done my job properly, it should be the only one I ever need to write. So without further ceremony, let us begin our journey; into discovery, delusion and the progressive march to nowhere...