Cassandra has moved. Ugo Bardi publishes now on a new site called "The Seneca Effect."

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cassandra's legacy

Welcome to the new blog "Cassandra's legacy". Development is in progress

This is a blog by Ugo Bardi; I am interested in peak oil, resource depletion, climate change and - in general - on the evolution of complex systems, such as human societies. This blog is about that - its title comes from the Cassandra of the Iliad, the prophetess who tried, in vain, to warn her fellow Trojan citizens about the dangers ahead. They didn't listen, as we know, but she was right. Today, we still tend to ignore warnings and to use the term "Cassandra" as an offence- it is the Cassandra legacy.


  1. This is a wonderfully engaging explanation of the Limits to Growth study. Dennis Meadows is still on the lecture circuit and also still studying the trends, with faster computers and better data, but the arc of what was predicted in 1972 has not changed. Perhaps only the number of scenarios available to us has.

    If the Club of Rome has a successor, it would likely be the Bellagio Foundation. Another interesting story is the personal history of the late Aurelio Peccei, which can be read here: or in the biography was written by his now famous assistant Gunter Pauli, founder of ZERI: "Crusador for the future: a portrait of Aurelio Peccei" (1987).

  2. Ugo:-

    Nice idea.
    I was wondering why I hadn't run across your blog before. Now I realize it is because you just launched it.

    When I started lurking on The Oil Drum (some 5 years ago) and trying to understand Peak Oil, the notion of PO was a no-brainer for me.

    But what really presented a stumbling block was understanding why did their eyes "glaze over" when you tried to tell them?

    That led me to a study of the human brain and its evolution both in a biological sense and in a cultural sense. The conclusions were not pretty. After a while, I stopped trying anymore because it felt like there was no use to it. Who would ever listen?

    Anyway, good luck with your launch and God Speed as they say.



Ugo Bardi is a member of the Club of Rome, faculty member of the University of Florence, and the author of "Extracted" (Chelsea Green 2014), "The Seneca Effect" (Springer 2017), and Before the Collapse (Springer 2019)