In looking at the dynamics of human history, I realized that each succeeding cycle of change was shorter than the one leading up to it. This thought was inspired by Mitchell Feigenbaum’s research on bifurcations in nature. Picture the branching of a tree. What we also know from the study of dynamic systems is that the time preceding a bifurcation is a time of instability. My prediction of a bifurcation around the year 2016 makes the current instability appear as the preliminary stage. The current instability is defined by breakdown of the financial system; socio-economic upheaval; political polarization; moral relativity; generalized warfare; ecological crisis, (among others).