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Not so important posts about a married couple living in Baltimore.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

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

. I just finished reading this book by Jared Diamond. It was located in the science section but I thought this book was more anthropology and history than science. Overall, the book was very interesting as it traced human origins to present day configurations of power and control. It was interesting to read why some societies are more technologically advanced and how they came to that point. The reasons behind this were interesting as well, going all the way back to the beginning of plant and animal domestication and environmental influences. This book was definitely easier to comprehend since I had taken a human origins class and was already familiar with the beginning of human societies.

What I didn't like was the epilogue where the author tried to explain why the study of history should become more like a science and less like a social science. I don't agree with this and thought that his explanations were weak and unfounded.

Up next is "Confederates in the Attic" by Tony Horwitz.


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