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Jared Diamond:
Why do societies collapse?

TED2003 · 18:21 · Filmed Feb 2003
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Jared Diamond: Why do societies collapse?
18:21 · Filmed February 2003 at TED2003 · Subtitles available in 29 languages

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.

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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