COLLAPSE: download Jared Diamond & National Geographic (book+video)

How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive?

Diamond Jared, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Viking Press, 2005.
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Diamond Jared, Collasso: Come le società scelgono di morire o vivere, Einaudi Editore, 2005.

"This book employs the comparative method to understand societal collapses to which environmental problems contribute. My previous book (Guns Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies), had applied the comparative method to the opposite problem: the differing rates of buildup of human societies on different continents over the last 13,000 years. In the present book focusing on collapses rather than buildups, I compare many past and present societies that differed with respect to environmental fragility, relations with neighbors, political institutions, and other "input" variables postulated to influence a society's stability. The "output" variables that I examine are collapse or survival, and form of the collapse if collapse does occur. By relating output variables to input variables, I aim to tease out the influence of possible input variables on collapses."
(Jared Diamond)

National Geographic Channel – Collapse

The National Geographic Channel looks 200 years into the future in Collapse, based on author Jared Diamond’s book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, to examine how current habits might affect humans’ ability to survive. This documentary examines how relationships among current methods could lead to human extinction. Shortages of land, water, and energy could potentially propel civilization to collapse; choices such as sustainable, local farming and organic practices are highlighted as ways to ensure life on Earth continues.

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