The Watchman’s Rattle
Rebecca Costa
Vanguard Press, November 2012

Why can’t we solve our problems anymore? Why do threats such as the Gulf oil spill, worldwide recession, terrorism and global warming suddenly seem unstoppable? Are there limits to the kinds of problems humans can solve?

Rebecca Costa confronts—and offers a solution to—these questions in her highly anticipated and game-changing book, The Watchman’s Rattle.

Costa pulls headline for today’s news to demonstrate how accelerating complexity quickly outpaces that rate at which the human brain can develop new capabilities. With compelling evidence based on research in the rise and fall of Mayan, Khmer and Roman empires, Costa shows how the tendency to find a quick solution leads to frightening long-term consequence: Society’s ability to solve its most challenging, intractable problems becomes gridlocked, progress slows, and collapse ensues.

A provocative new voice in the tradition of thought leaders Thomas Friedman, Jared Diamond and Malcolm Gladwell, Costa reveals how we can reverse the downward spiral. Part history, part social science, part biology, The Watchman’s Rattle is sure to provoke, engage and incite change.

About the Author

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.