Has progress really been exponential though? And at what point did this begin?
Human society does not progress in a steady manner and at an equal pace from country to country.
Take for example computer development, which does grow at an exponential rate and compare it to the development of the battery which is progressing at a snails pace in comparison. The same holds true for human society, in some areas we make progress in others not so much.
Therefore if "progress" is not increasing at an exponential pace then there can clearly be no New Age. Unless this Age is only in one specific area such as technology, or politics.
It also depends on your definition of "progress" the toppling of a dictator for example is seen as "progress" by only those who oppose the dictator, I doubt his supporters would take the same stance though. The same is true for a nation with a now booming economy, it is progress to those who are in the position to capitalise on their nations new found wealth, but those who are worse off would surely disagree,
Edited by grendals_bane, 04 January 2013 - 09:40 PM.