Thursday, December 4, 2008

Jared Diamond: Why Societies Collapse


Source TED Talks

From TED Talks:
Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it. Jared Diamond is an award-winning scholar of ecology, biology and history, and best-selling author of Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.
Resources:

In the Library:
  • Diamond, Jared M. Why Is Sex Fun? : The Evolution of Human Sexuality. New York, NY : HarperCollins [WorldCat]
  • Diamond, Jared M. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. New York : W.W. Norton & Co. [WorldCat]
  • Diamond, Jared M. The Third Chimpanzee : The Evolution And Future Of The Human Animal. New York, NY : HarperCollins. [WorldCat]
  • Cody, Martin L. and Jared Diamond. Ecology And Evolution Of Communities. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. [WorldCat]
  • Braudel, Fernand. A History Of Civilizations. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : A. Lane. [WorldCat]
On the Web:
  • PBS Guns, Germs, & Steel website
  • On Societal Ascendance and Collapse: An Austrian Challenge to Jared Diamond's Explications [Link]