E–pub/E–Libro [Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed] Autor Jared Diamond


Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed

Summary É Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed 102 Characters Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed Ilizations of the Anasazi the Maya the doomed medieval Viking colony on Greenland finally to the modern world he traces a fundamental pattern of catastrophe spelling out what happens when we suander our resources when we ignore the signals our environment gives us when we reproduce too fast or cut down too many trees Environmental damage climate change rapid population growth unstable trade partners pressure from enemies were all factors in the demise of the doomed societies but other societies found solutions to those same problems persist. In Collapse Jared Diamond draws our attention to the following problems which have plagued humanity throughout history1 Deforestation and loss of habitat2 Overhunting3 Overfishing4 Soil degradation5 Water management problems6 Population growth7 Increased per capita impact of people8 Impact of non native speciesAnd now we face four 9 Human caused climate change10 The build up toxic waste11 We re approaching the limits of the Earth s photosynthetic capacity12 Energy shortagesThere are societies that failed to resolve these problems and Diamond s thesis is they collapsed because of itPerhaps the most engaging example of this pattern is Diamond s discussion of the isolated Polynesians on Easter Island They used all of their trees which led to soil erosion which led to food shortages which led to cannibalism We now live in a globalized world but perhaps we should say that we re finally realizing that we live on an island It seems that we have yet to realize the demands we make on our islandIs this a bad time to point out that NASA which apparently costs less per year than the American military spends per year on air conditioning retired its fleet this weekI wish that I could just knock off one or two of those problems from Diamond s list but I can t Many of them are linked so if we fail to respond to one we fail to respond to several At other times we lean too hard on solving one problem and end up causing new problems For example many forests Diamond refers to Montana but I ve read about this dynamic elsewhere have been developed as cottage areas so we do not allow fires or any logging The buildup of old forest and underbrush makes for a tinderbox which means that when fires do happen they are massive And putting them out is not free eitherHow do you gather political will to deal with a problem like this We could try to log sustainably and selectively Jaded by greenwashing environmentalists are unlikely to trust any company Cottage owners are certainly not going to recommend logging or allowing fires of any sort to threaten their investments No politician can gather support so every stakeholder is stuckDiamond further illustrates the role of ecological problems in societal collapses by comparing past societies that collapsed as opposed to declined throughout history In each case he methodically outlines how these societies destroyed themselves by failing to resolve ecological problems It s pretty convincing though I ve become aware that archeologists dispute many of his claimsI think there is a common concern for the environment I m not even 30 so perhaps I can t speak with a great deal of authority on the subject but it feels to me that North America is obsessed with post apocalyptic settings right now in 2011 If there is a spirit of a society that is translated in its literature then I think it s safe to say that the bearded guy holding a the end is nigh sign is finally getting the mainstream audience he dreamed ofIt seems to me the real problem is that it is very difficult to minimize our impact on the environment We can call upon America to lead the way but they can t even manage their debt In fact the societies that Diamond relies on to illustrate that it is possible to limit deforestation tend to be autocratic though so were the societies that Diamond relies on to illustrate failure Now some NGOs have set up certification procedures that identify wood that was harvested sustainably but other corporate commissions have set up their own certification bodies to confuse consumersNevertheless Diamond outlines reasons to be cautiously optimistic before concluding Unfortunately this may have been the least convincing part of CollapseSo I ll close with the cynical words of Danny Archer from Blood DiamondWhen was the last time the world wasn t endingUsually I find these words very soothing Now I feel like the world always has been ending It s just that until recently humanity could only end one specific part of it at any given time Now we re a global society

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Summary É Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed 102 Characters Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed Seller Guns Germs Steel Jared Diamond examined how why Western civilizations developed the technologies immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world Now he probes the other side of the euation What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin what can we learn from their fates As in Guns Germs Steel he weaves an all encompassing global thesis thru a series of historical cultural narratives Moving from the prehistoric Polynesian culture on Easter Island to the formerly flourishing Native American civ. This is a major work Diamond looks in detail at the factors at play in the demise of civilizations in human history using a wide range of examples He offers a framework in which to structure the analysis and looks in great detail at possible and in many cases certain reasons why various societies collapsed He is not a one note analyst All problems do not fit the same mold There is considerable nuance and common sense brought to bear on this examination Foolishness plays a part greed corruption But just as freuently the actors behave rationally Maybe they were unaware or could not possibly be aware of the larger implications of their actions Maybe the land in which they lived was ill suited to large numbers of humans Maybe changes in climate made what seemed a reasonable place a death trap Clearly an analysis of why societies failed in the past with particular attention to environmental issues has direct relevance to our world today For example Polynesian islands that were dependant on resources from other islands collapsed when their import supply dried up That has relevance to oil dependant first world nations today for example Diamond goes out of his way to make a case that business is business and they are not in the business of performing charity or taking responsibility for the common weal He does point out that some businesses have been instrumental in forcing improvements in producers He cited Home Depot and BP among others although I expect he might have second thoughts about the latter s net impact I found the book to be extremely eye opening and informative It was a long slow read but well worth the effort It makes my short list of must read for anyone seriously interested in current affairs

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Summary É Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed 102 Characters Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed ¿Por ué determinadas civilizaciones sobreviven y se imponen mientras ue otras acaban desapareciendo A partir de estudios de varios casos concretos de sociedades pasadas y presentes Diamond describe con gran rigor y amenidad los principales problemas a ue se exponen las sociedades actuales; tanto en él ámbito medioambientalcomo en los aspectos sociales y culturales La globalización con sus grandezas y sus miserias plantea grandes desafíos ue el autor afronta con sagacidad espíritu crítico y optimismoIn his Pulitzer Prize winning best. Fascinating work by the same author who won a Pulitzer prize for Guns Germs and Steel The Fates of Human Societies This exhaustive study in Malthusian economics as applied to several societies in history that have failed such as the Easter Islanders and Greenland Norse details the thematic traits common to each example His chapter on Easter Island made me think of Thor Heyerdahl s work thereMost notably is how deforestation and imprudent population control applies to modern societies in trouble as well I find myself thinking about this work freuently his ideas resonate with our times mirroring as they do and as he shows us with failed societies of the past Haunting and thought provoking and a damn fine book 2018 addendum it is a testament to great literature that a reader recalls the work years later and this is a book about which I freuently think When I think about this book I think about the Greenland Norse and the Polynesians Great book

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    Summary ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Jared Diamond Jared Diamond ✓ 2 Characters E–pub/E–Libro [Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed] Autor Jared Diamond Jared Diamond looks at several societies that have collapsed as a result of misusing their natural resources plus a couple Tokugawa period Japan is the star example that miraculously managed to pull back from the

  2. says: E–pub/E–Libro [Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed] Autor Jared Diamond

    E–pub/E–Libro [Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed] Autor Jared Diamond Fascinating work by the same author who won a Pulitzer prize for Guns Germs and Steel The Fates of Human Societies This exhaustive study in Malthusian economics as applied to several societies in history that have failed such as the Easter Islanders and Greenland Norse details the thematic traits common to eac

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    Characters Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed E–pub/E–Libro [Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed] Autor Jared Diamond Jared Diamond ✓ 2 Characters Terrifying how often the pattern of exploitation of nature and decline of cultures has repeated itselfThe fitting additional book to

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    E–pub/E–Libro [Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed] Autor Jared Diamond Summary ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Jared Diamond Jared Diamond ✓ 2 Characters The Pulitzer prize winning Guns Germs and Steel by this dude forever changed the way I look at history And believe me I am a history buff of sorts so this means a lot Unfortunately Collapse fails to measure up to that classicThe real problem with Collapse isn't the research that goes into the thesis or even the soundness o

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    Characters Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed Jared Diamond ✓ 2 Characters Summary ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Jared Diamond This is a major work Diamond looks in detail at the factors at play in the demise of civilizations in human history using a wide range of examples He offers a framework in which to structure the analysis and looks in great

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    E–pub/E–Libro [Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed] Autor Jared Diamond I considered giving this book 4 instead of 5 stars simply because it can be over dense in its detail and the style can be rather dry but then I figured that says about my stamina and laziness than about the uality

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    E–pub/E–Libro [Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed] Autor Jared Diamond Jared Diamond ✓ 2 Characters The halfway point reviewOne uestion I've been wrestling with as I read as I watch these societies move slightly past sustainability as I read about societal collapse and the suandering of resources by the wealthy

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    E–pub/E–Libro [Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed] Autor Jared Diamond In Collapse Jared Diamond draws our attention to the following problems which have plagued humanity throughout history1 Deforestation and loss of habitat2 Overhunting3 Overfishing4 Soil degradation5 Water management problems6 Population growth7 Increased per capita impact of people8 Impact of non native speciesAnd now we face four 9 Human cau

  9. says: E–pub/E–Libro [Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed] Autor Jared Diamond

    E–pub/E–Libro [Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed] Autor Jared Diamond Jared Diamond ✓ 2 Characters This is an exhaustive and exhausting read Should’ve been tightened up and trimmed down not only did I get tired of the meandering but I got worn down from getting machine gunned with an avalanche of what I con

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    E–pub/E–Libro [Collapse How Societies Chose to Fail or Succeed] Autor Jared Diamond 5 star topic 1 for organization in the first half 3 for farcical political economy in the second half The Mediocre The first half surveys a handful of historical collapses and a few survivals; frankly I do not think there is need to give too

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