Consider this, optimists.  All the societies in the world can collapse 
simultaneously.  It has happened before.

In the 12th century BCE the great Bronze Age civilizations of the 
Mediterranean—all of them—suddenly fell apart.  Their empires evaporated, their 
cities emptied out, their technologies disappeared, and famine ruled.  Mycenae, 
Minos, Assyria, Hittites, Canaan, Cyprus—all gone.  Even Egypt fell into a 
steep decline.  The Bronze Age was over.

The event should live in history as one of the great cautionary tales, but it 
hasn’t because its causes were considered a mystery.  How can we know what to 
be cautious of?  Eric Cline has taken on on the mystery.  An 
archaeologist-historian at George Washington University, he is the author of 
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed.  The failure, he suggests, was 
systemic.  The highly complex, richly interconnected system of the world tipped 
all at once into chaos.

"1177 B.C: When Civilization Collapsed," Eric Cline, SFJAZZ Center, Hayes 
Valley, San Francisco, 7pm, Monday, January 11.  The show starts promptly at 

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