The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

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by Rebecca Costa
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1593156057

ISBN-13: 9781593156053

Pub. Date: 10/12/2010

Publisher: Vanguard Press

Why can’t we solve our problems anymore? Why do threats such as the Gulf oil spill, worldwide recession, terrorism, and global warming suddenly seem unstoppable? Are there limits to the kinds of problems humans can solve?
 
Rebecca Costa confronts- and offers a solution to-these questions in her highly anticipated and game-changing book,

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Why can’t we solve our problems anymore? Why do threats such as the Gulf oil spill, worldwide recession, terrorism, and global warming suddenly seem unstoppable? Are there limits to the kinds of problems humans can solve?
 
Rebecca Costa confronts- and offers a solution to-these questions in her highly anticipated and game-changing book, The Watchman’s Rattle.
 
Costa pulls headline for today’s news to demonstrate how accelerating complexity quickly outpaces that rate at which the human brain can develop new capabilities. With compelling evidenced based on research in the rise and fall of Mayan, Khmer, and Roman empires, Costa shows how t ht tendency to find a quick solutions- leads to frightening long term consequence: Society’s ability to solve its most challenging, intractable problems becomes gridlocked, progress slows, and collapse ensues.
 
A provocative new voice in the tradition of thought leaders Thomas Friedman, Jared Diamond and Malcolm Gladwell, Costa reveals how we can reverse the downward spiral. Part history, part social science, part biology, The Watchman’s Rattle is sure to provoke, engage and incite change.

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ISBN-13:
9781593156053
Publisher:
Vanguard Press
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

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The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Alan-nalA More than 1 year ago
The author carefully and clearly explores the tendency of humans to substitute belief for fact when faced with complexity... be it global warming, terrorism, pandemics, or just good old political spin. The ideas in this book presented clearly and concisely.  The author seeks to clarify complexity and add to the problems it engenders.  This book is a must-read for every thoughtful citizen of the increasing complex modern world.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite "The Watchman's Rattle" takes its title from the centuries old story of every village's night watchman who would shake his wooden rattle to warn sleeping villagers of approaching trouble. And so, sociobiologist Rebecca Costa, having studied expertly the alarming trends in human evolution, current global markets, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and failing education systems, writes to warn readers of historical patterns that are repeating themselves today, as the Mayans and the Khymers had highly developed civilizations that collapsed because beliefs and memes took over for facts and did not allow for insightful solutions. An ardent disciple of the brilliant E.O. Wilson, Rebecca Costa discusses the beliefs, the memes, that mankind resort to rather than brain power. She feels that with the problems mankind share today, we may be faced with extinction if our leaders continue to look for quick fixes rather than taking time for rational thinking. Will Costa's voice of reason be heard and understood by those in power in a world where global warming, threats of war and people's general inability to solve problems proliferate? "The Watchman's Rattle" is a very well-written, well-edited, researched and documented treatise that everyone should read. The book's plot proceeds smoothly to its ending, and the author explains clearly what a supermeme is and gives the top five examples. Her explanation of why children are not learning to think is terrifying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though not perfect in delivery, this tile provides tremendous insight into problems plaguing society.
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matt schlichting More than 1 year ago
An excellent collection of ideas and suggestions.