The Watchman's Rattle

The Watchman's Rattle

Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Vanguard Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9781593156053
1593156057
Branch Call Number: 501 Cos
Characteristics: xvii, 347 p.

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Jul 22, 2014

Gobbledy...gobbledy .... gobbledygook to the nth power! What a clownish individual, this apologist for the super-rich is. At one point, predictably, Costa justifies the bonuses for those crooked, bailed out AIG swindlers! She does mention Joseph Tainter, but doesn't quite appear to either understand his work, or misrepresented it. So I thought, what idiots would publish her? Vanguard Press, then owned by Perseus Books Group, then owned by Perseus LLC. In their 2008 tax returns, the American Friends of Bilderberg, Inc. [directors: David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Richard Perle, et al.] lists Perseus LLC as their contact address, with a director, James Johnson [see Gretchen Morgenson's book, Reckless Endangerment, for more on him] as the person to contact. Beginning to see the big picture, I hope. And by the way, Costa's daddy was CIA, wouldn't ya know? [For people stll clueless: AIG sold $460 billion of credit default swaps with a potential payout of $20 trillion to over $40 trillion -- called insurance fraud. [Thom Hartmann wrote a postive blurb for this book, further proof that Harmann is a farce and a fraud!]

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