Jared Diamond

Why do societies collapse?

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Filmed Jan 2003 at TED2003
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Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how — if we see it in time — we can prevent it.

Jared Diamond
/ Civilization scholar

Jared Diamond investigates why cultures prosper or decline — and what we can learn by taking a broad look across many kinds of societies.  Full bio.

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