The first decade of the 21st century is over — can we finally admit we live in the future? Civilization has been a big mistake: Why AD 2011 beats 100,000 BC. Could the world be on the verge of a new period of re-ordering itself, similar to the one experienced nearly 20 years ago? A review of Why the West Rules — for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future by Ian Morris (and more and more). The poverty of ambition: Joel Kotkin on why the West is losing to China and India. Andy Nowicki on the suicide of the West: Not with bang but a whimper. The next 40 years will be the most important in human history: We are living through the biggest shift in wealth, power, and prestige since the Industrial Revolution catapulted Western Europe to global dominance 200 years ago. Can civilization survive without God? A look at 6 insane laws we'll need in the future. From Cosmos, a special report on The World in 2030. It looks like even the Mayan Calander doomsayers were wrong, and the end of the Mayan Calendar may not be for another 50 years (or it may, in fact, have already happened). World to end by October: Why failed predictions don't stop Apocalypse forecasters. A review of A Is for Armageddon: A Catalogue of Disasters That May Culminate in the End of the World As We Know It by Richard Horne (and more). Jonathan Fitzgerald on the unfortunate effects apocalyptic beliefs can have on morality. From The Awl, a series on the end of the world. Jeffrey Green on 10 skills needed to thrive in a post-collapse world.