Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

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  • The author categorized the cause of ancient collapses into the following eight problems; deforestation and habitat destruction, soil problems (erosion, salinization, and soil fertility losses), water management problems, overhunting, overfishing, effects of introduced species on native species, human population growth, and increased per-capita impact of people. And added four new ones as modern problems: human-caused climate change, buildup of toxic chemicals in the environment, energy shortages, and full human utilization of the Earth’s photosynthetic capacity.

    He showed how the past and modern societies collapsed and are about to collapse from several examples with very detailed description based on his dedicated research and recent archaeological achievements.

    I have a mixed feeling of pessimism and optimism about our future at the same time. One thing I'm definitely sure is we human-being will collapse if we don't do something immediately. The answer whether we will prosper or die will became obvious very soon. No much time left. We have responsibility to pass on the beautiful planet to generations to come.

  • すべての人にお勧めします。あと3回は最低でも読みたい本。知的好奇心がすごい満たされる。でも、それだけじゃない。いろいろと示唆に富んだ本。

  • 実は一部の章を授業で読んだだけなんだけど、こういう多角的な分析能力を身に着けたいと鼻水たらしながら思ったもので。図書館で借りて全部読もうとしたけど全部借りられてた!実はすごい有名な本?とにかく、いかに栄えた文明が滅んでいくかという説明を読んでいると、自分のいる世界が消して絶対的な存在じゃないんだなと改めてかんじれまする。

  • 同じ内容を反芻する箇所がある以外、大満足。早く読むのが勿体なかった。

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