Clif High: The Fourth Turning and the Fourth War
Clif High The Fourth Turning
LM: Where does your interest in language and/or linguistics originate? And can you explain how it correlates with your love of mathematics?
CH: My interest in language stems from my schooling in the polyglot environment of the occupation forces in Europe following the war with Germany. As with all military dependents, exposure to multiplicity of language is part of the experience. Language, for me, matured in its fascination due to personal experience with mind expanding drugs that had a direct effect on the language centre of my brain.
Further, the elucidation of the rich depth of purpose of language in all forms that came from those altered state experiences was later reinforced by decades working as a software engineer and computer/network systems programmer in which the human to computer interface is, of course, built of words. The attraction of mathematics has always been, at its core, a love of the practical proofs of reality provided to the astute and prepared mind in the chaos of this universe.
LM: Can you briefly explain how language analysis (in terms of bots/data mining/language corpora) can help anticipate future events?
CH: Not simply. Concisely, my process works by way of the delta of language expressed in common contexts over time reduced to archetypes and projected forward based on numeric quantifiers for emotional values assigned to words.
LM: Is there a correlation between your work and corpus linguistics?
CH: My work is a specifically focused sub set of corpus linguistics and uses advanced automata of my own design crafted (primarily) in prolog, an artificial intelligence language that is able to re-compile (thus alter its function based on new learning) while in operation.
What is The Fourth Turning?
This astonishing book, The Fourth Turning, will change the way you see the world–and your place in it. With startling originality, “The Fourth Turning” illuminates the past, explains the present, and reimagines the future. Most remarkably, it offers an utterly persuasive prophecy about a new American era that will begin just after the millennium.
William Strauss and Neil Howe base this vision on a provocative new theory of American history. With the same intellectual audacity that animated their previous best-sellers, “Generations” and “13th-GEN,” the authors look back five hundred years and uncover a distinct pattern: Modern history moves in cycles, each one lasting about the length of a long human life, each composed of four eras–or “turnings”–that last about twenty years and that always arrive in the same order.
First comes a High, a period of confident expansion as a new order takes root after the old has been swept away. Next comes an Awakening, a time of spiritual exploration and rebellion against the now-established order. Then comes an Unraveling, an increasingly troubled era in which individualism triumphs over crumbling institutions. Last comes a Crisis–the Fourth Turning–when society passes through a great and perilous gate in history. Together, the four turnings comprise history’s seasonal rhythm of growth, maturation, entropy, and rebirth.
In a brilliant analysis of the post-World War II period, they show how generational dynamics are the key to understanding the cycles of American history. They draw vivid portraits of all the modern generations: the can-do G.I.s, the mediating Silent, the values-absorbed Boomers, the pragmatic 13ers, and the child Millennials. Placed in the context of history’s long rhythms, the persona and role of each generation become clear–as does the inevitability of the coming Crisis.
By applying the lessons of history, “The Fourth Turning” makes some bold and hopeful predictions about America’s next rendezvous with destiny. It also shows us how we can prepare for what’s ahead, both individually and as a nation. As “Future Shock” did in the 1970s and “Megatrends” did in the 1980s, this groundbreaking book will have a profound effect on every reader’s perception of where we’ve been and where we’re going.
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