My upcoming Subsurface History of Mankind book reveals the direction of mankind’s development. My blog on this website is a prelude to my book. Here is the story about how I got there. It looks like my interview with myself.
Who is Victor Torvich?
I’m a physicist by education and inventor by heart. My work in precise science fields was initially in physics, and later, in complex systems.
I always was inclined to be creative. My work in physics was not purely academic. Instead, it was dedicated to solving engineering problems. I worked in several different areas of physics/engineering. In every area I got patents.
In complex systems, I specialize in the complex system of humanity. I published several academic papers on this topic and many more papers are in a journal queue.
I live in a center of Silicon Valley, which is in California, USA.
Why I wrote the “Subsurface History of Humanity” book?
“Subsurface History of Humanity” is my first book. It is a nonfiction history book, which covers the last 44 thousand years in the history of mankind. I was born shortly after the end of WWII. Looking back and into all the history of the 20th and 21st centuries, I wondered if the history of humanity is just a chain of unrelated, chaotic events or not?
I was not able to find out an objective direction of humankind development in any books or scientific publications. I started to write about it. And I found an objective direction in which mankind is moving. Answers to many other big questions about humankind are also presented in my book.
What is in Subsurface History of Humanity for a reader?
The answers to big questions about humanity and its history. What is the direction of mankind’s development? How fast humankind is moving in that direction? Is that move controllable by humans? Why humans rule the Earth? Which force is driving humanity’s development?
What is in this blog for a reader?
A big picture review of a global mankind’s history and related questions.
Any unusual writing habits?
I would not call it a habit. Typical advice to authors is to separate – separate the research phase from the writing phase and to separate the writing phase from the editing phase. I was not able to always follow this advice. My book addressed to the general public, who are 13-14 years or older. At the same time, there are over 200 references in my book. I had to do a lot of research. Sometimes scientific publications, which I found, made me rethink what I was writing. My writing and research phases overlapped quite often.
What book has influenced me?
Ray Kurzweil “Singularity is Near” book was an inspiration for me. This book revealed a lot of long-term trends in mankind’s history. However, those trends are dedicated mostly to technology.
What is the best advice I have ever heard?
“This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense”. Winston Churchill
What is the book, which impressed me lately?
Max Tegmark “Life 3.0”. The subtitle is “Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”.
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