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The Watchman's Rattle by Rebecca D. Costa
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Mar 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction-read, favorites-of-2011, science
Read from March 30 to June 21, 2011

What an interesting book! The author looks at the collapse of past civilizations, (Mayan, Roman, and Khmer), in a study of mankind's past failures in dealing with social complexity. The subtitle on my copy is "Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction", and Ms. Costa presents challenges for us, both individually and collectively, to take control of our future. The author makes a compelling case for our need to learn new ways to utilize our human brains, toward an evolutionary pattern that might provide a means to move beyond our current capacities, and ensure the future continuation of our species.

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