Patti's Reviews > The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction
by Rebecca D. Costa, Edward O. Wilson
The earth is endangered, and our cultural and financial systems are nearing meltdown
The complexity of the current world's problems outstrips our brain's ability to process it
In times of stress, societies tend to dovetail toward sameness, thus driving out diversity (which is important for the generation of new ideas
We are current enmeshed in five supermemes that further constrain our ability to engage with diverse ideas and opinions
An irrational impulse to oppose all new ideas
Mistaking correlation for fact
Always seeking to blame someone or others
Imposing economic arguments on everything
There are ways out, including changing our mindsets and understanding that our problems are all complex and cannot be solved with simple, single solutions
Our brains can evolve to meet the complex demands of our society, and we can help them along by learning more and understanding how the brain works, and ourselves proactively exercising and working to improve our individual brain capacity -- and doing it in schools as well.
This book has been strongly endorsed by the preeminent socio-biologist E.O. Wilson.