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January 03, 2005

Jared Diamond Disses Richard Lynn

"Biological differences between people plays no part in my theory."
--Jared Diamond.

He goes on to exemplify how the Norsemen, blonde and blue founded two civilizations, the Greenlanders and the Icelanders. Iceland is rich, the Greenlanders are no more.

Listening to him now on KPCC with Larry Mantle, I find him a bit too swayed by environment, but I think he's got a good grasp of the high level. At this very moment, he is echoing my thoughts with regard to the collapse of civilizations due to overthrow due to events actually beyond the control of the leadership.

Posted by mbowen at January 3, 2005 11:28 AM

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I'm not so sure about Jared Diamond and how much he believes what he writes. Afterall he is the one that published on the difference of testes size across different populations.

Posted by: Bob S. at January 3, 2005 02:08 PM

Diamond lost me at Guns, Germs and Steel. His insistance that Europeans wouldn't have conquered the new world but for the diseases they brought with them ignored history.

He forgot that despite smallpox, the Aztecs damn near kicked the Spanish out of Mexico.

Posted by: Mulattoboy at January 5, 2005 05:17 PM