Reading « Collapse » during the Coronavirus, or how to kill two birds with one stone

Jared Diamond, in his 2005 book entitled Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, analyses why certain societies have failed to adapt to their environment and collapsed, while others have thrived. From the mysterious Easter Island to the mythical Greenland Norse, Diamond extracts useful insights that help us to better understand the world in which we live: a complex and chaotic one without a doubt, but where, with enough historical hindsight, we can sometimes rise above the noise to detect long-term patterns and draw lessons that illuminate our current predicaments. All of the problems these societies failed to...

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