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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Jared Diamond - Why Societies Collapse

TED Conferences LLC
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
A globally renowned author and scholar, Jared Diamond takes an approach that goes beyond culture and into the impact it has on the environment. His best-selling and Pulitzer-winning book Guns, Germs, and Steel looks at the reasons history turned out the way it did and why European societies conquered the rest of the world instead of the other way around. His latest book, Collapse, asks nearly the opposite: Why do some civilizations fail? In this engaging TEDTalk, Diamond examines the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island, and present-day Montana and discusses signs that collapse is near and how - if we see it in time - we can prevent it. "Diamond's distinction between social and biological survival is a critical one, because too often we blur the two," says Malcolm Gladwell.
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19 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on June 24, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond - Why Societies Collapse
Why Societies Collapse
  • Romantic Mystery of Collapsed Societies (1:40)
  • Understanding Extinction of the Vikings (3:11)
  • Examining Montana (2:04)
  • Rapid Collapses (2:19)
  • Environmental Factors (1:04)
  • Conflicts of Interest (2:57)
  • Inability to Adapt (1:10)
  • Current Course is Not Sustainable (3:30)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2008
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48374 Films Media Group
1streaming video file (19 min.) : d., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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