My take on the study from MIT that predicts “societal collapse”

In the past couple of days, I have seen a bunch of headlines claiming things like MIT Predicted in 1972 That Society Will Collapse This Century. New Research Shows We’re on Schedule.¹ or New study confirms we’re right on time for a complete societal collapse.² As someone who likes to look beneath the surface on pop science articles, I have found that it is possible to learn a lot by looking past the sensationalism and reading the original paper.