Dr. Joseph Tainter: The Collapse of Complex Societies


About this week’s show:
-Complexity is insidious in its increasing costs
-Maintaining the status quo is too expensive
-Crises are solvable with sufficient reserves
-Order Joseph Tainter’s book: The Collapse of Complex Societies (New Studies in Archaeology)

About the guest: Tainter’s best-known work is The Collapse of Complex Societies. Tainter argues that sustainability or collapse of societies follow from the success or failure of problem-solving institutions and that societies collapse when their investments in social complexity and their “energy subsidies” reach a point of diminishing marginal returns. He recognizes collapse when a society involuntarily sheds a significant portion of its complexity.

By | 2014-10-01T08:38:21+00:00 October 1st, 2014|PodCasts|