The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction (Hardcover)

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About Rebecca D. Costa

Rebecca Costa is a sociobiologist who offers an evolutionary explanation for current events and emerging trends. A new voice in the mold of Thomas Friedman and Malcolm Gladwell, Costa attributes modern consternation - from terrorism, crime on Wall Street, epidemic obesity and upheaval in the Middle East - to genetic imperatives. Retiring from a career in Silicon Valley, Costa spent six years researching and writing The Watchman’s Rattle. The success of the book in 25 countries led to a weekly syndicated radio program called The Costa Report. Costa is presently represented by the American Program Bureau and the Scott Meredith Literary Agency. For more information visit

Why can't we solve our problems anymore? Why do threats such as the Gulf oil spill, worldwide recession, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and failing education suddenly seem unstoppable? Are there limits to the kinds of problems that humans can solve?

Rebecca Costa confronts-and offers a solution to-these questions in her widely anticipated and game-changing book, The Watchman's Rattle.

Costa pulls headlines from today's news to demonstrate how accelerating complexity quickly outpaces the rate at which the human brain can develop new capabilities. With compelling evidence based on research into the rise and fall of the Mayan, Khmer, and Roman empires, Costa shows how the tendency to find a quick fix to problems by instinctively reacting to symptoms-instead of searching for permanent solutions-leads to frightening long-term consequences: Society's ability to solve its most challenging problems becomes grid-locked, progress slows, and collapse ensues.

A provocative new voice in the tradition of thought leaders Thomas Friedman, Jared Diamond, and Malcolm Gladwell, Costa reveals how we can reverse the downward spiral. Part history, part social science, part biology, The Watchman's Rattle is sure to provoke, engage, and incite change.


ISBN 9781593156053
Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Future Studies
Format Hardcover
Pages 347
Publisher Date 2010-10-12 00:00:00.0
Publisher Vanguard Pr
Copyright Year 2010
Height 9.5 in
Wdth 6.5 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 1.3 lb
Language English
Subtitle Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction
Audience General/trade
Authors Costa, Rebecca D.
Country of Origin United States

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