The Watchman's Rattle: A Radical New Theory of Collapse

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Vanguard, Nov 13, 2012 - Science - 319 pages
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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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Contents

Why Civilizations Spiral
1
A Breakthrough in Neuroscience
25
The Power of Beliefs
43
The First Supermeme
61
The Second Supermeme
81
The Third Supermeme
103
The Fourth Supermeme
121
The Fifth Supermeme
137
Rational Solutions in an Irrational World
169
A Tactical Approach
177
Building Better Brains
203
Conditions Conducive to Cognition
229
On the Threshold
251
About the Author
320
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About Rebecca D. Costa    www.rebeccacosta.com Rebecca Costa is a sociobiologist who offers an evolutionary explanation for current events and emerging trends.  A new voice in the mold of Thomas Friedman and Malcolm Gladwell, Costa attributes modern consternation - from terrorism, crime on Wall Street, epidemic obesity and upheaval in the Middle East - to genetic imperatives.  Retiring from a career in Silicon Valley, Costa spent six years researching and writing  The Watchman's Rattle.   The success of the book in 25 countries led to a weekly syndicated radio program called  The Costa Report.  Costa is presently represented by the American Program Bureau and the Scott Meredith Literary Agency.  For more information visit www.rebeccacosta.com .

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