July Science Read: Collapse by Jared Diamond

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It’s time to unveil July’s science read!

All right, so throughout the first half of this year, I’ve explored time and the origin of the universe, the sea, land and the hypothesis of the Ice Age that spawned complex life. Now it’s time to move on to that sentient and complex (and complicated) living being known as the human being.

Jared Diamond’s Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive is more soft science than hard science. In this book, we enter the field of anthropology, looking at ancient civilisations and what led to their collapse, as well as what’s in store for the societies of today and how they can avoid a similar fall in the future. But is anyone today actually listening?

I bought this book a few years ago but only ever got about one-third through it. I’m now looking forward to re-reading and finishing it, not least of all because I love reading about ancient civilisations! Also, I once attended a talk given by Jared Diamond some years back and I’m keen to read more about his insights now. Collapse is a pretty hefty book and there’s going to be much to explore so I guess I better get started reading!


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