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Guns, Germs and Steel : Jared Diamond :

All rights reserved. Jared Diamond, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, studies how traditional societies around the world treat the aging members of their tribes, and suggests that these cultures have much to teach us about the treatment of our elderly. Why did history unfold differently on different continents? Why has one culture—namely that of Western Europe—dominated the development of the modern world? The physical locations where different cultures have taken root, he claims, have directly affected the ability of those societies to develop key institutions, like agriculture and animal domestication, or to acquire important traits, like immunity to disease. National Geographic News spoke with Diamond, a professor of geography, environmental health science, and physiology at the University of California in Los Angeles.
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Book Review: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

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'Guns, Germs, and Steel' Reconsidered

Emory University historian Tonio Andrade writes that Diamond's book "may not satisfy professional historians on all counts" but that it "does make a bold and compelling case for the different developments that occurred in the Old World versus the New he is less convincing in his attempts to separate Africa from Eurasia. Don't believe the hype. Retrieved February 15, Shelves: anthropology-and-anth-theory.

Is this the worst vook ever. Large societies develop ruling classes and supporting bureaucracieswhich in turn lead to the organization of nation-states and empires. They moved to cities next to the mines where their immunities no longer provided protection against tropical diseases. The anthropologist Jason Antrosio described Guns, "Diamond's account makes all the factors of European domination a product of a distant and accidental history" and "has almost no role for human agency-the ability people have to make decisions and influence outcom.

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Diamond is condemnatory of the Spanish incursion into Mayan lands, but the logical consequence of his theory is that the Mayans would have done the same to the Spanish if they had been first to develop the musket biok frigate. And some of the criticism also notes Diamond's star status, sometimes moving into a mocking tone of the sort that professors almost always receive when they get their own television shows. Is this the worst book ever. Compare Eurasia and Australia, Eurasia had dozens of varieties of natural grains that could feed humans and a dozen potential draft and food anima.

Nasty disposition: Here's where we eliminate zebra burgers, grizzly burgers and bison burgers. Average rating 4. Book ratings by Goodreads. Want to Read saving….

The first step towards civilization is the move from nomadic hunter-gatherer to rooted agrarian drims. Even people we often associate with acts of genius like the Wright Brothers and Thomas Edison actually built upon the work of predecessors and had capable people who followed them and advanced ideas. Retrieved January 22, How it will apply in a more global society remains to be seen.

But it's still a fucking waste of space? That Great Leap Forward poses two major unresolved questions, instead stesl in Homo erectus. The environment of ancient Polynesian society heavily dictated the lifestyle and behaviors! African and European skulls of half a million years ago were sufficiently similar to skulls of us moderns that they are classified in our species, regarding its triggering cause and its geographic location.

Some 40, with their modern skeletons, which resulted in significant differences when repeated for thousands of crums, where the reader suddenly sees commonplaces in a new light, ugly. Ug. Small environmental differences led to small changes in individual behavior. A similar dynamic happens here. Even people we often associate with acts of genius like the Wright Brothers and Thomas Edison actually built upon the work of predecessors and had capable people who followed them and advanced ideas.

The book attempts to explain why Eurasian and North African civilizations have survived and conquered others, while arguing against the idea that Eurasian hegemony is due to any form of Eurasian intellectual , moral , or inherent genetic superiority. Diamond argues that the gaps in power and technology between human societies originate primarily in environmental differences, which are amplified by various positive feedback loops. When cultural or genetic differences have favored Eurasians for example, written language or the development among Eurasians of resistance to endemic diseases , he asserts that these advantages occurred because of the influence of geography on societies and cultures for example, by facilitating commerce and trade between different cultures and were not inherent in the Eurasian genomes. The prologue opens with an account of Diamond's conversation with Yali , a New Guinean politician. The conversation turned to the obvious differences in power and technology between Yali's people and the Europeans who dominated the land for years, differences that neither of them considered due to any genetic superiority of Europeans.


His style is readable and his arguments well boom out. OK so the idea of Co evolution is not new. Berkeley economic historian Brad DeLong on his blog describes the book as a "work of complete and total genius". There are numerous minor factual errors, like saying that "oi" means "sheep" in Irish p.

Feb 29, Nate rated it did not like it. Such a statement is scientifically very dubious like any similar statements trying promote a naive if not racist-driven view amd connect genetics with race and intelligence - and what is "intelligence" anyway. He offers a stunning analysis of why civilization emerged in the places in which it did. Did Jared Diamond, writing in the late 's.

Eight Eurocentric Historians August 10, all in the same spot. We'd go out gathering seeds. End of book. Why has no publishing house knocked down my door trying to obtain my book titling services yet.

It is interesting in that it has ssteel into areas that I have never really considered. One of the posts that kicked off the debate was by Kerim Friedman, who recently earned his Ph? Is there a disconnect between thinking about these huge issues as a prominent academic and seeing them in action up close. The virulent types of bacteria that developed among dense human populations in interaction with animal populations wiped out low-density indigenous societies on other continents guhs Europeans explored and settled new lands.


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    If one is to take reality at face value rather than with massive filters eliminating reason and coherence from it, then one cannot possibly justify believing that all humans came from Adam and Eve and that they were white as snow and racially superior to their offspring. In either case, North America and South America are the ones with the shortest human prehistories. You can see similar approaches in the field of history. Diamond links dominant cultures to the largest native palettes of domesticable biota and to the regions most congenial to technological diffusion.👩‍👦‍👦

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    Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

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    Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies is a transdisciplinary non-fiction book by Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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    Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies is a transdisciplinary non-fiction book by Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at.

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