Jared Diamond

Global collapse could occur by 2030

It seems the great Albert Einstein was right all along when he stated that “We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.” Indeed, according to Care2 : In 1972, MIT researchers published “Limits to Growth.” In it, they used models to analyze economic data, and predicted that if civilization …

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My 2008-09 selection of books

I wanted to publish for Christmas and New Year’s day a list of books I particularly liked in 2008-09 (I already did a selection in 2007) but couldn’t publish it in time. So, here it is with a few weeks late. From readings on sustainable development and energy issues to science fiction and from graphic novels to …

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Guns, Germs, and Steel

I recently finished reading the Pulitzer winning book Guns, Germs and Steel (GGS) by Jared Diamond. Like the latest book of the author – read my review of Collapse – I believe this is an absolute must read. This is a magisterial lesson on history and how Mankind evolved during 13,000 years from small groups …

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Collapse, how societies choose to fail or succeed

The book I review today is an excellent one on history, geography and sustainable development. Dr. Jared Diamond’s idea when writing it was to compile facts and figures about societies’ collapses and failures. This is done in order to allow us not to repeat the same mistakes done by the Maya, the Vikings in Greenland …

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