“for 99.9% of human existence, the future was static. Then something happened, and the future began to change.”

Charlie Stross's misunderstanding here is as big as the geocentric or creationist one… which is fine, since everyone shares this today-chauvinism, and it probably doesn't cause too much harm, but if you want a better understanding of past & future, try:

- Eric Cline, *1177 BC*
- At least the first chapters of James C Scott's *Against the Grain* & *Art of not Being Governed*

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