Following a discussion with Matt Edgar about the accelerating pace of change in the modern world (Matt denies this phenomenon exists) I propose a quasi-scientific proof of concept (and my apologies for any inaccurate science in my reasoning).
Consider a gas contained in a fixed volume. The molecules have a certain amount of space within which to vibrate and interact. If you add more molecules into the fixed volume, the interaction between them all will increase producing a higher pressure and higher temperature. If more molecules are added then at some point the gas will reach a tipping point and become a liquid. At this point the rate of change is accelerated and demonstrable.
Now consider a human population contained in a fixed space. The interactions between the people will occur at a certain rate. Increase the population in the fixed space and the interactions have to increase proportionally. If the people are creative as well, then the resultant interactions are likely to produce even greater ‘temperatures’ than would be expected.
This phenomenon is observed in the animal kingdom. A swarm of locusts is created when grasshoppers interact at a specific rate. The grasshopper population metamorphosing into a swarm of locusts represents the transformation of a gas into a liquid and the rate of change is accelerated and observable. The consequences of that swarm of locusts on the surrounding area represents what happens when the pressure inside the fixed container becomes too great for the container to hold and an explosion occurs. Again the rate of change is then accelerated and observable.
This change from a stable condition to an unstable one is perfectly demonstrated in the example of fish farms. The increased density of fish in a fixed volume of water produces unforeseen consequences to the environment. The incidence of disease and parasites within the farmed fish increases dramatically. The faeces from the fish cannot be processed quickly enough by the natural biological cycles within the system and the result is ecological devastation for the sea bed. So change is brought about by an imbalance in the system (whatever that system is).
Therefore, I assert that modern civilisation is inherently imbalanced in nearly all of its practices, from agriculture to the financial systems and that the process of maintaining these unsustainable systems is an accelerating one and the inevitable catastrophe when these systems collapse will represent accelerated and observable change.