Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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Why do societies fail? In this video, Jared Diamond uses lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana to talk about the signs that collapse is near, and how — if we see it in time — we can prevent it [22:42]

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