What's on your reading/listening list?

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July 16th, 2017 at 4:31:51 AM permalink
Nareed
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I started Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs and Steel" yesterday.
If Trump where half as smart as he thinks he is, he'd be twice as smart as he really is.
July 28th, 2017 at 1:39:47 PM permalink
Nareed
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I finished "Guns, Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond a few hours ago.

The main thesis is that different levels of development of human societies, depended largely on the crops and animals available for domestication. There is a lot of analysis regarding how crops and animals, plus technological developments, spread between different peoples, and how they failed to spread as well.

Domestication, BTW, either of plants or animals, is not at all easy, and won't work for all species. This should be self-evident, but it's often overlooked. Did you know, for instance, that strawberries weren't domesticated until the Middle Ages? Or that to this day no one has managed to domesticate oak trees to produce non-poisonous acorns?

It's well worth reading.

For fans of alternate history, it offers some interesting points of departure as well. A salient one: what if humans hadn't wiped out much of the native fauna they found in the Americas, Australia, Madagascar and New Guinea?
If Trump where half as smart as he thinks he is, he'd be twice as smart as he really is.
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