Until now there has been no detailed analysis of why humans fall into the progress trap and no solution for the problem. Environmental degradation, followed by social decline, is a key example and provides the starting point for this study. Jared Diamond (Collapse, Guns, Germs and Steel), describes the oft-repeated collapse of formerly brilliant societies as a "baffling phenomenon."
Find out why societies have a tendency to become entangled in their own ingenuity. Then, learn how humans are able to modify their own behaviour and environments in order to survive. This book goes boldly beyond analysis, so show how human problem-solving abilities can be nurtured, and how progress traps can be prevented.