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Old Jul 26th 2011, 11:26 PM
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Default Re: Collapse, by Jared Diamond

hmmm... I have never read the book or anything by Diamond because what he is interested in just doesn't grab my attention. However, my one problem from reading the wikipedia article and reading your synopsis is that his framework seems to give societies to much control over their own circumstances. Those four responses give a lot of power to societies to self determine

Also, the question "why do societies make horrible disastrous decisions" is a question that reveals 20/20 hindsight bias. We can simply cases like Easter Island because we know the end game. However it wasn't just one set of islanders that caused the problem. The problem built up over a long time. I don't think anyone would have been able to see it coming.
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