Why do some societies make disastrous decisions? by J.M. Diamond

18 februarie 2012 • Articles


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Why do some societies make disastrous decisions? by J.M. Diamond as featured on edge.org/3rd_culture can be retrieved from here.

“The author provides arguments for the classical telling that the societies that are ignoring the past are prone to make disastrous decisions for a several reasons: failure to anticipate a problem, failure to perceive it once it has arisen, failure to attempt to solve it after it has been perceived, and failure to succeed in attempts to solve it. The insights are derived from the study of diverse societies such as those of the Anasazi in the U.S. Southwest, Classic Maya civilization in the Yucatan, Easter Island society in the Pacific, Angkor Wat in southeast Asia, Great Zimbabwe in Africa, Fertile Crescent and Harappan Indus Valley societies. One interesting concept relevant to the current Romanian situation is defined by the term “creeping normalcy”  which refers to slow trends concealed within noisy fluctuations e.g. suboptimal growth shrouded by agricultural surprises.” Lucian Isar

The YouTube version of Why societies collapse can be retrieved from here.

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