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Jared Diamond examines Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Date Wednesday January 11
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
Large Assembly, First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way
Event Type Speaker
n the companion volume to his mega-hit and perpetual bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond probes what caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what we can learn from their fates. Diamond weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives, moving from Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland. He traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, the environmental damage, climate change, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices that were factors in the demise of these societies. COLLAPSE raises the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide?
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