Collapse

Collapse

DVD - 2010
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Over the 20th and 21st centuries, the rise of this civilization has seemed unstoppable. But could modern, industrialized civilization fall apart? Three hundred years from now, will scientists find evidence that this civilization followed a recipe for disaster like that of the Maya or the Romans? Imagine it has already happened. National Geographic reveals a look into the future to descendants in the year 2210 as they set out on a scientific expedition to figure out what happened.
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.?] : National Geographic Channel ; Universal City, California : distributed by Vivendi Entertainment, [2010]
ISBN: 9781426340215
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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terryg_0 Nov 03, 2015

Jared Diamond's book "Collapse" truly is a fascinating, informative, and important book. However, this National Geographic program is a poor reflection of the book, and somehow makes the book's contents much less important.

The producers have taken the odd position that they are now 200 years in the future, looking back at our current society. Well, this simply is irrelevant guesswork, and it pointlessly takes up half of the program.

I wouldn't say that this DVD trivializes Diamond's book, but it surely does come close.

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dogkahuna
Sep 10, 2014

This National Geographic adaptation of Jared Diamond's brilliant book is a piece of garbage. It fails to capture the essence and fundamental arguments of the book. In fact, this video reeks of Koch Brother type of monied censorship.

kevfarley Jan 23, 2013

This is an effective update about the factors leading to the ultimate demise of our current Petrochemical Civilization. Its a good overview,.. and therefor naturally a bit depressing . The usual comforting placebo,..ie. that intellectual awareness of these problems can lead to more intelligent decision making by our power brokers, and somehow 'save the day',.. rings even more hollow than it usually does ! ... P.S. The 'bonus' feature, about the discovery of Machu Pichu, is wonderful ! (4-10-14: 0 ; 4-11: 10 ; 5-23: 8 ; 5-27: 21)

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akirakato
Nov 03, 2012

National Geographic reveals a vivid look into the future Earth some hundreds of years from now.
A group of scientists set out on an expedition to figure out what brought us down.
They find evidence that we followed a recipe for disaster similar to that of the Maya or the Romans.
I really wonder if our civilization will come to an end.
A water crisis?
It is far-fetched.
In any case, this film would make you think twice or thrice about the future of our civilization.
Fascinating and entertaining!

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bstudent
Jun 12, 2012

documentary - this is really interesting both for the historian and the modern day practicallist. It covers the demise of several civilizations while discussing similarities to ours and closes with how we sum up the planets existence.

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isumat
Jun 04, 2012

A contrived piece and a poor follow-up to the very excellent 'Guns, Germs, and Steel'.

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terrymccuaig
Jul 14, 2011

Excellent presentation from the author of Guns, Germs and Steel. A must see for history buffs. Watch this with Michael Ruppert's Collapse DVD.

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LexLuthor
Jan 18, 2011

A very poignant and cautionary look at where our current choices may lead us in the future. By contrasting fallen empires (Roman, Mayan, etc), Diamond and co. show how our decisions are leading us down a similar path, but with one important difference - we have knowledge and retrospect on our side, allowing us to make the necessary changes to avoid the same fate. If anything, this would be an interesting documentary to watch in 200 years...

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