London's financial district, known as the Square Mile. Will it be one of the first dominoes to fall when society can no longer sustain itself? Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Is That Another Wave Of Collapse Headed Our Way? March 19, 2014 Is civilization on the brink of collapse? Every age has its seers who falsely claim that all is rotten. But it's also true, as a new study notes, that history is littered with examples of implosion.