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Geri Spieler, NY Journal of Books
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.
Tina Brown, Editor-in-Chief and Founder, The Daily Beast
“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.”
E. O. Wilson, Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner
“I am on the side of Rebecca Costa. Let us become realists-in-search-of-a-solution rather than doomsayers.”
Dr. James Watson, Nobel Laureate
“Problems eventually become too complicated for the average intelligence—in The Watchman’s Rattle, Rebecca Costa depicts the challenges this presents.”
Donald J. Trump, Real Estate Developer and Entrepreneur
“Rebecca Costa has written a riveting examination of our world’s most dire and complex issues. Her message for mankind is an ultimately hopeful one as she explores her fascinating theory about the brain’s ability to develop advanced problem solving techniques in times of crisis. A must read!”
“Costa presents innovative messages about dealing with the many issues facing modern civilization....a warning and a resource. It will give concerned readers new hope in human capability.”
About Rebecca D. Costa www.rebeccacosta.com
Rebecca Costa is a sociobiologist who offers an evolutionary explanation for current events and emerging trends. A new voice in the mold of Thomas Friedman and Malcolm Gladwell, Costa attributes modern consternation - from terrorism, crime on Wall Street, epidemic obesity and upheaval in the Middle East - to genetic imperatives. Retiring from a career in Silicon Valley, Costa spent six years researching and writing The Watchman’s Rattle. The success of the book in 25 countries led to a weekly syndicated radio program called The Costa Report. Costa is presently represented by the American Program Bureau and the Scott Meredith Literary Agency. For more information visit www.rebeccacosta.com.
A remarkable read and a must for anyone concerned about big dreams and change in the 21st centuryPublished 1 month ago by Kyra Gaunt
This is an important book for our times. Rebecca does a great job of connecting the dots in our evolutionary history and presents it in an understandable way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bbarrett
Highly recommend reading this book. It will explain why we have the problems we do on the planet. Because we have reached a cognitive Threshold! Read morePublished 2 months ago by sheryl L Goodling
The book's basic premise is that the world has become too complicated and our brains are struggling to keep up. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Lindsay
There are a few significant concepts here (cognitive threshold, the difficulty of acquiring new knowledge in complex situations) but they are buried in a mountain of factual... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Peter Donovan
An excellent overview of mankind's evolutionary journey toward a sustainable way of life based on rational thinking and an appreciation of how slow biological evolution throttles... Read morePublished 5 months ago by James L. O'Leary, II
This is important subject matter for those who are interested in the evolution of the brain, understanding gridlock, beliefs and the power of the meme...Published 6 months ago by Cynthia Aguirre
This is must read for everyone. It is very interesting, thought provoking and well written. It is also great for book club discussions.Published 6 months ago by lynne