Why societies collapse | Jared Diamond Historical myths | Dr. John van Wyhe 2 days ago   19:49

http://www.ted.com 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.

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Patrick Smythe
What accent is that?
Pat Pat Pat
No he's and idiot. WOMEN have often been the sole deciding factor in most all past empires/societies collapses. The American collapse will be purely from a low birth rate just like how Japan is well on the way collapse. The meaning of life is to create more life. Note I didn't even bother watching the whole video.
George Cunningham
You can't have this talk without mentioning that jews compromise a nation's money supply and laden it with debt.....then, these empires collapse from within. Next up, USA.
Troy Turton
what Terrorist attacks? The Right Wing, Extremist Terrorist attacks?
Troy Turton
Vote for Bernie2020, Fix Capitalism forever, by mostly getting rid of it.
Jose Francis
Not only Enron. Even the toxc, wholly capitalistic Bankers were re-financed or bailed out by U.S government ; I was amazed at the numeber of homeless people in the US, the number who are sleeping in their cars etc. And nobody is bailing them out. The inequality in US society is increasing every decade. In the long run the discontent will explode. These kinds of longterm predictions
do work. For exmpale, Charles Chaplin, the Nobel Price winner, read a book by a socialist in the 1920s . The book described how the wealth in America is cornered by rich and the boom times,
the roaring twenties would not last. Charles Chaplin really understood the message , withdrew his money from the Banks and stored it at home for years and survived the crash magnificiently.
Please note that with the little education he had, he was willing to buy and spend time over a book. Bodley Head has published his biography. See, he read and understood a social prediction, and
the consequences of the prediction coming true, One wonders whether current American Elite or the " ruling powers" have as much sense. Is there intelligent life in Washington?
Alan Mott-Smith
America will fall too. We are no smarter at wealth distribution.
Steve Konrad
This guy is a prime example of a educated guy who doesn't what he is talking about.You ever been to the thriving little metropolis of Billings, or the amazing city of Helena ? I dare say they are not about to collapse ,nore are they dependent on outsiders for their existence.Jared Diamond is a idiot .
Terrence Anderson
This man works for the very predatory elites he claims to be exposing. The goal of communists has always been to collapse the free markets of capitalism and replace it with their horrible collectivist prison. Don't be fooled by the political left who claim to champion the 'rights of the people'. They are not your friends.
Buster Biloxi
Odd accent. Stupid hair. Brilliant man.
alex leonard
B"H... All atheist, polytheism, socialist, societies self destruct due to lack of truth, and trust.
China is the future
Jaycen Rigger
When your first point is "the environment", you know you've walked into a religious sermon and there's really no need to continue. What an utter waste of space.
Nothing adds to your personal credibility like a wicked combover-cowlick combination.
Bob Mitchell
His characterization of Montana needs some work. The mining pollution happened at a time before ecological awareness, which is no longer the case. Best practices have been instituted. He does not mention the income from tourism and education facilities. He also didn't mention the adverse influence of liberal political policies.
gur ruh
Empires collapse because they end up being corrupted by concentrated power that serves the few.
Max Power
more fake global warming bs
Perer Addison
... shareman ...
George Hallam
N if u think they cut down all there trees u r frickin insaine!! The statues r burried up to there necks in dirt!!!!! Can someone say catastrofic flood??!!!😂😂😂
George Hallam
U got a little 🐄 lick goin on there cheif......lolol
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Historical myths | Dr. John van Wyhe Why societies collapse | Jared Diamond 2 days ago   12:18

In this talk, Darwin scholar, historian and author Dr John van Wyhe explains how some of the best known known 'facts' if history are often completely, sometimes ridiculously wrong

Dr. John is a historian of science who specializes on Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace and the history of evolutionary theories. He holds an unusual pair of positions: Senior Lecturer at Department of Biological Sciences & Department of History in NUS. He is the founder & director of the award winning Darwin online project at the University of Cambridge. He is a Professorial Fellow of Charles Darwin University and also an Associate of the Science, Technology & Society (STS) Cluster, Asia Research Institute (ARI), Natural History Museum (London) and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. He curated the restoration of Darwin's College rooms and the Wallace exhibition at the Science Centre Singapore.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx