By John L. Casti
“I am an assiduous reader of John Casti’s books. he's a true medical intellectual.”
—Nassim Nicholas Taleb, New York Times bestselling writer of Fooled through Randomness
“Casti is at his most sensible in offering tricky philosophical principles enthusiastically and lucidly, and in providing daily examples to demonstrate them.”
—New York instances e-book Review
In his hugely provocative and grippingly readable booklet, X-Events, writer John Casti brilliantly argues that today’s complicated, overly advanced societies have grown hugely liable to severe occasions that might eventually topple civilization like a home of playing cards. Like Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan meets Jared Diamond’s Collapse, Casti’s e-book presents a much-needed wake-up call—sounding a desirable and scary caution approximately civilized society’s lack of ability to get over a world disaster— demonstrating how humankind might be blasted again into the Stone Age by way of a meteor strike, nuclear apocalypse, world wide contagion, or any variety of unforeseeable X-Events.
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