Complexity and Global Solutions

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    It’s easier to work towards your own interests than working together as a group to solve a problem. It's even harder to unite other countries with different global agendas towards a common goal.

    There's a lot of thought provoking video clips regarding complexity and how global problems become almost impossible to solve on a Facebook community page
    The Watchman's Rattle | Facebook

    Why do we have a tendency to fight one another when we know sharing results in the most optimum outcome for everyone? Why does our biology cause us to hurt the ones we love, hoard resources and compete with one another?

    Heres the link to the video
    Videos Posted by The Watchman's Rattle: Rebecca Costa - Instincts as Obstacles | Facebook
     
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    Apparently, our biology determines how we react with the rest of society.

    The individual is smart and insightful.

    Humans in groups are dumb, act under peer pressure and towards social conformity.

    Without astonishing leadership, people in groups are stupid, violent, competitive and selfish.
     
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    Why can’t we solve our problems anymore? Why do threats such as the Gulf oil spill, worldwide recession, global warming, terrorism, and pandemic viruses suddenly seem unstoppable? These are the questions Rebecca Costa confronts – and offers a solution to –in her show and much anticipated and game-changing book, The Watchman’s Rattle.

    Costa pulls headlines from today’s news to show how accelerating complexity quickly outpaces the rate at which the human brain can evolve new capabilities to manage it. With compelling evidence based upon research into the rise and fall of the Mayan, Khmer and Roman empires, Costa shows how insurmountable complexity causes a civilization to quick-fix problems by focusing on symptoms — instead of finding permanent solutions — which leads to frightening long-term consequences. Eventually, a society’s ability to solve its most threatening problems becomes gridlocked, 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.

    Rebecca D. Costa: The Watchman?s Rattle
     

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