Why the nuclear family needs to die, in order for us to live

The concept of a nuclear family is relatively recent – it is first mentioned in The Oxford English Dictionary  in 1925 – and refers to a household that consists of a mother, father and their children.  It is recent because the cost of establishing a household has been historically very high and young couples simply could not afford to More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Friday, September 7th, 2012

Standing on the shoulders of toddlers- why we have never grown up and what this means for our future

Once upon a time, you were a toddler. By the simple act of covering your eyes with your hands the people around you would cease to exist.  By lowering your hands they would, miraculously and to great amusement, More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Drying up. What happens to farms if there is no water?

NASA’s Landsat satellite images of the growing agriculture industry in the northern reaches of the Syrian Desert in Saudi Arabia. The aquifer water is expected to last another 25 years. Four questions: First, More...

By historyfuturenow On Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Population growth, a disaster in the making

The world’s population increased by another billion people between 1999 and 2011, to hit 7 billion. When History, Future. Now’s father was born, in 1930, the population was just 2 billion. By 2050 the More...

By historyfuturenow On Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Generation Screwed: how the youth of today are being screwed by the baby boomers

History, Future. Now. frequently posts articles about the increasing generational divide between the Baby Boomer generation who are now hitting retirement age and the Millennial generation who have recently graduated More...

By historyfuturenow On Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Highlander: There can be only one and the impact of longevity on society

Highlander, staring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, is one of best movies of the 1980s.  I watched it again last night and, although it is dated and cheesy, it remains a great film with some fantastic music More...

By historyfuturenow On Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria: why Planetary Resources is so important for the future of mankind, but not its investors

A few weeks ago Planetary Resources, a start up company founded by millionaires and billionaires Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, James Cameron and similarly endowed friends, announced plans to take its first steps into More...

By historyfuturenow On Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Making love in the afternoon with Great Granny: intergenerational romance

In 2010 Disney released Tangled, a retelling of the Rapunzel story, and in 2012 Universal Pictures released Snow White and the Huntsman, a retelling of the Snow White story. Both contain beautiful young women whose More...

By historyfuturenow On Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
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What the Roman Empire can teach us about the benefits of immigration

Amy Chua is a Yale University history professor who gave a speech in 2008 about the five Hyper Powers that have existed in history.  The main thrust of her thesis is that societies that are open and tolerant of More...

By historyfuturenow On Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

David Frum on How We Need to Learn to Say No to the Elderly – The Daily Beast

One of the areas that History, Future. Now looks at is the growing financial imbalance between generations that have retired and those that are still working.  David Frum’s article starts of randomly about More...