The Collapse of Everything

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Revealing how our world has become vulnerable to a sudden, spectacular collapse due to our reliance on technology, this timely resource provides a chilling tour of the catastrophic outlier scenario that could send us crashing back to the pre-industrial age. 50,000 first printing


“I am an assiduous reader of John Casti’s books. He is a real scientific intellectual.”
 —Nassim Nicholas Taleb, New York Times bestselling author of Fooled by Randomness

“Casti is at his best in presenting difficult philosophical ideas enthusiastically and lucidly, and in presenting everyday examples to illustrate them.”
New York Times Book Review

In his highly provocative and grippingly readable book, X-Events, author John Casti brilliantly argues that today’s advanced, overly complex societies have grown highly vulnerable to extreme events that will ultimately topple civilization like a house of cards. Like Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan meets Jared Diamond’s Collapse, Casti’s book provides a much-needed wake-up call—sounding a fascinating and frightening warning about civilized society’s inability to recover from a global catastrophe— demonstrating how humankind could be blasted back into the Stone Age by a meteor strike, nuclear apocalypse, worldwide contagion, or any number of unforeseeable X-Events.

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Revealing how society has become vulnerable to a sudden, spectacular collapse due to the reliance on technology, a timely resource provides a tour of the catastrophic outlier scenario that could send civilization crashing back to the pre-industrial age.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012
ISBN: 9780062088284
Branch Call Number: 303.483 CAS
Characteristics: ix, 326 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Jan 16, 2014

The good news: based upon Casti's writing, the likelihood he is correct about anything is infinitesmally miniscule. The bad news: this guy's CV. John Casti, Ph.D., RAND Corporation, faculty at Princeton University, the Santa Fe Institute. These might be thought to recommend Casti, but instead Casti serves as a warning to the intelligent to be most skeptical of people from these outfits! He ascribes complexity to those items he simply doesn't understand, and justifies heinous criminal behavior, either because he doesn't understand or refuses such exists! "When bank assets are so complex that nobody inside or outside the bank can understand them...." Oh, give it a rest, Casti, you utter ignoramus!!! They understood it, they got rich off of it, while the originators got even richer, and they pay crooked congresswomen and men, and PR firms to suggest a case of sudden stupidity! Casti's explanation for the global economic meltdown was as stupid as it was simpleton! Whenever Casti discusses a scam, he either is dissembling, or because he can't understand it, ascribes it to to much complexity! At one point, he cites a scam Bankers Trust was running on its investor/customers, and again ascribes it to "complexity" - - Casti is either a fraud or complete farce!!! He does cite the brilliant Joseph Tainter, who understood and explained the economic fall, or rather self-destruction, of the Roman Empire, but either Casti hasn't read enough Tainter, or didn't fully comprehend him? He calls credit default swaps (CDS) "exotic" instruments" (now where have we heard that before, ad infinitum, ad nauseum?) but again doesn't understand the what and how they were criminally used individuals made a fortune after fortune peddling them, but with trillions of dollars of CDSes sold, with potential payouts of hundreds of trillions of dollars (and such sums do not exist in our galaxy), the scam was finally realized and shutdown commenced! Negative rating for poorly understood, by author, subject matter!

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