Thoughts for Uncertain Times

Jamie Cawley
Author, Professor and Writer of The Uncertain Century Trilogy.


The Uncertain Century Trilogy:


The Birth of Now

In 1870, more than 4,000 years after it was built, the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt was still the world’s tallest man-made structure. By 2010, only 140 years later, there were more than 10,000 buildings taller than the Great Pyramid. This book is about what caused this change and what will change next. Why did change take so long to happen? Why did it start in North West Europe?



An accessible, objective understanding of what the major ‘beliefs’ are about. The major beliefs include: Polytheism, Judaism, Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, Nationalism, Communism and Environmentalism. All have over 100 million followers and the full structure of faith-determined behavioural guidance. On every page of Beliefs, there is a quotable fact.


Escaping the Circular Firing Squad

What exists? What do words mean? What are time and space? What ‘actually happens’ in some of the bewildering predictions of quantum mechanics? Can Artificial Intelligence be conscious? When does altering genes go from treating a disease to changing a person. What is right or wrong? What does ‘equality’ mean? How can elected governments be unpopular? What is good government and how do we get it?

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“Jamie Cawley see through the historical camouflage…I loved it.”

“ Most fascinating for me were the predictions…once we have achieved all we can…what then?”

The 21st Century is the Uncertain Century

Back in the 20th Century, there was certainty – too many certainties and people fought between them. In the 21st Century, many certainties emptied and the grand visions vanished. Jamie Cawley has spent a lifetime looking for clear reasons why. The Uncertain Century Trilogy is a guide in a muddled world.

For 5,000 years humanity’s lifestyle changed very little. Then, 250 years ago, everything took off and it has not stopped since. ‘The Birth of Now’ explains how and why. Understanding what started the change leads us then to where it will end.

Much of our future depends on what we believe. ‘Beliefs’ provided a simple summary of what the main beliefs of mankind are, from Polytheism to Communism, from Islam to Nationalism. Where they came from, how they split and changed and where they will take us next.

Change raises questions, but gives new answers. We have computers, so we understand how we think more clearly. We have seen many elections, so we know how they work and when they do not. A century of science produces as many answers as questions. ‘To Squeeze the Universe into a Ball’ brings all this together in 23 brief answers to fundamental questions. From ‘How did intelligent life start?’, to ‘What is Right and Wrong?’, from ‘What is the connection between words and things?’ to ‘Why don’t peace and wealth make people happy?’ Answers that provide hand-holds in the age of uncertainty.