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Jared Diamond is the most politically correct scientist I have ever read. He prostrates himself to all non Europeans to gain their favor and sell his books. I tired reading Germs, Guns and Steel again last night but I keep running into this nauseating PC stuff that keeps me from moving forward.
Page 19 - describes one explanation that suggests that the Europeans that settled Australia built a literate
industrialized society primarily because they were fundamentally different -- "to establish that the difference between Aboriginal Australian and European societies arose from difference between the people themselves. Then he says
"The objection to such racist explanations is not just that they are loathsome,
but also that they are wrong."
But one page over on page 21 he states "My perspective
on the controversy comes from 33 years of working with New Guineans in their
own intact societies. From the very
beginning of my work with New Guineans in their own intact societies. From the very beginning of my work with New
Guineans, they impressed me as being on the average more intelligent, more
alert, more expressive, and more interested in things and people around them than
the average European or American is."
So if we take the position that Europeans are better, we are racists but
if we take the position (that is, agree with Diamond) that New Guineans are
better it is not racist. How can people sit by and not be upset with this concept. Why is it ok to be a racist toward whites but not toward others. Am I the only one that gets worked up over this nonsense?
 

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Review: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

User Review  - Christopher Bauer - Goodreads

Amazing other than racist account of the disparity in wealth among nations. Draws on the mixture of enviornment, application of technologies, longitude, political-governance evolution in tandem with agriculture and more. Bit repetitive. Read full review

Review: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

User Review  - Nam - Goodreads

Should be called Food, Germs, and Geographic Considerations ... but I guess that is less catchy. tough read because author just lists out lots of things. The art of saying something without saying anything ... would not recommend :/ Read full review

Review: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

User Review  - Nate - Goodreads

This may be the most over-rated book in the history of book rating. The point he is making is that we in Western Civilazation haven't built skyscrapers, made moon landings, mass produced automobiles ... Read full review

Review: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

User Review  - Cody VC - Goodreads

I will say this: he makes some interesting points about geographical and geological determinism and the potential validity thereof. Everything else, however, is basically shit. The Pulitzer this book ... Read full review

Review: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

User Review  - Matt Swaffer - Goodreads

I wanted to enjoy Jared Diamond's book, Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, and it started off well. He details a conversation he had with a New Guinean who asked a simple question ... Read full review

Review: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

User Review  - GeekChick - Goodreads

The premise of this book is awesome, and I was excited to read it. However, I was disappointed. After the first couple of chapters, I caught the point. After that, the rest of the book was a droning ... Read full review

Review: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

User Review  - Enrique Santos - Goodreads

Written by a man who loved to repeat himself. I don't know whether he was being paid by the word, or if he was looking forward to the audio book version to come out just so that way he could be self ... Read full review

Review: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

User Review  - Nick Black - Goodreads

Poorly-reasoned trash. This kind of crap gets you a McArthur Genius Grant these days? There were two sentences in this book worth reading, both about ornery animals disemboweling the hapless native ... Read full review


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