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“Why Do Societies Collapse?” TED2003. Feb. 2003. Conference Presentation.
Source: "Why Do Societies Collapse?" TED2003. Feb. 2003. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote by civilization scholar Jared Diamond is from his 2003 TED Talk about why societies thrive or fail. According to Diamond, modern society has many of the same characteristics as societies that have collapsed in the past. However, on a more optimistic note, Diamond says in this quote that because we, as a society, have created the problems we currently face (such as environmental and political problems), we hold the keys needed to solve these problems, and thus, our collapse is not inevitable. Watch the full TED Talk here: Jared Diamond - Why Do Societies Collapse?