Tag Archives: Jared Diamond

May 15, 2017 Plastic Island

On May 15, 2017, NPR’s Camila Domonoske reported “Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic Are Piling Up On An Otherwise Pristine Pacific Island” about the Pacific’s remote Henderson Island. Halfway between Australia and South America, it is accumulating tons of trash every year. The island was featured in Jared Diamond’s book “Collapse” as a sensitive environmental indicator. No word if they accumulated DVDs of Gilligan’s Island, Lost, Lord Of The Flies, Mutiny On The Bounty or volley balls named Wilson.

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The World Until Yesterday


What We Can Learn From Traditional Societies

By Jared Diamond

Before reading this book, I recommend reading Diamond’s “Guns Germs And Steel” and “Collapse.” He has always wondered why the world is the way it is. Here, he compares the way traditional societies resolve issues compared to post-industrial ones. Sometimes if there is no justice from a legal system, people fall back on the old methods. Without recognition of the injury and  a payment of damages, a conflict can continue for generations.

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Dec. 19, 2011 The New Yorker

On Dec. 19, 2011 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Living By Default” about how corporations declare bankruptcy at the drop of a hat but are worried that individuals will do the same to them.

Elif Batuman wrote “The Sanctuary” about a 10,000 year old Neolithic site called Gobekli Tepe near Urfa in Turkey. It was built by hunter gatherers as a religious sanctuary and then suddenly buried around 8200 BCE. There are carvings of boars, foxes, lions, scorpions, spiders, snakes and vultures. The people who built it were taller and healthier than the agricultural people who showed up later. Jared Diamond, author of Guns Germs And Steel, thinks that the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture was a mistake that led to “…gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism, that curse our existence.”

Burhard Bilger wrote “The Great Oasis” about various attempts to turn back to growing deserts like the Sahara using both complex and simple ideas.

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