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The Watchman's Rattle

A Radical New Theory of Collapse
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Vanguard Press
 | 
November, 2012
ISBN:
9781593156862
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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 game-changing book, The Watchman’s Rattle. Costa pulls headlines from today’s news to demonstrate how accelerating complexity quickly outpaces that rate at which the human brain can develop new capabilities.

In earlier times, ordinary citizens volunteered as watchmen to protect the welfare of their communities... They carried wooden rattles that made a loud, harsh, clacking noise designed to summon help...

This book is the sound of the watchman’s rattle in the dead of night. A summons for help. A plea to change the course of humankind by calling on the greatest weapon of mass instruction ever known: the human brain.

With compelling evidence based on research in the rise and fall of Mayan, Khmer, and Roman empires, Costa shows how the 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. 

Nature has provided an elegant solution to our conundrum: an astonishing problem-solving capability buried deep in the human brain called insight...

But in addition to discovering insight, we are also the first civilization to have the knowledge, technology, and resources to stop the pattern. No other civilization before us had such command over its environment and so many tools at its disposal to alter the course of human ascension and collapse. And, therefore, no other civilization has had so much cause for optimism.

Here, poet Adrienne Rich gets the last word: “So much has been destroyed I have cast my lot with those who, age after age, perversely , with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.”

A provocative new voice in the tradition of thought leaders such as 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 and engage readers.

Publisher’s Description: 
Why cant 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 Watchmans Rattle.
 
Costa pulls headline for todays 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:Societys 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 Watchmans Rattle is sure to provoke, engage and incite change.

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