If there were
a "Watchman" to protect us from danger, he would be shaking his rattle
vigorously right now. We are in danger of becoming extinct, for the
signs of the collapse of our civilization are obvious, according to
Rebecca Costa's excellent and thought provoking new book, The Watchman's Rattle.
The theme for The Watchman's Rattle
can be summed up in the story of the sophisticated and scientifically
developed Mayan society: Unproven beliefs became the substitute for
facts. Once this happens, as the practice of beliefs cannot result in
real solutions, the inevitability of failure takes place, and disaster
is the only outcome.
Our inherent hubris about our being as evolved as we can possibly ever be, is another message that one can take from The Watchman's Rattle.
If we do not heed the lessons of the past, if we continue to ignore all
the warning signs that threaten human existence-such as global
recession, powerful pandemic viruses, terrorism, rising crime, climate
change, rapid depletion of the earth's resources, nuclear proliferation,
and failing educational systems-we are doomed to extinction. However,
if we do pay attention, Costa lays out a plan that places us in an
excellent position to change a repetitive pattern of decline.
This is an excellent book, rich with challenging thoughts as well as
perceptive solutions. Costa offers excellent research in this fully
developed dissertation on the warning signs and potential solutions to
human and global destruction.
Highly recommended.—Geri Spieler, New York Journal of Books
"The Gulf is drowning in oil, the housing market stumbles along, the
Afghanistan conflict nears a decade long...why do all these problems seem
so intractable and unstoppable? How did we get to this point of
gridlock? Instead of hand-wringing we should all read Rebecca Costa's The Watchman's Rattle
and start figuring out how to really solve these messes. Few other
books have so clearly and sharply captured how our symptom-obsessed
society means we're always looking for the quick-fix and easy cure
rather than searching for the deeper, longer lasting solutions. Her
analysis of how we got to this point mixes history, biology, economics
and much more to paint a picture of a society overwhelmed by tremendous
problems, but with her Silicon Valley rationality and novel guide to
intuitive thinking, Costa has pointed a way forward for all of us."—Tina Brown, Editor-in-Chief and Founder, The Daily Beast
"I am on the side of Rebecca Costa. Let us become realists-in-search-of-a-solution rather than doomsayers."—E. O. Wilson, Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner
"Problems eventually become too complicated for the average intelligence-in The Watchman's Rattle, Rebecca Costa depicts the challenges this presents."—Dr. James Watson, Nobel Laureate