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El mundo hasta ayer / The World Until Yesterday: ¿Qué podemos aprender de las sociedades tradicionales? / What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? (Spanish) Hardcover – 19 Sep 2013


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Diamond destroys paradise lost 14 Feb. 2014
By Jose Bargas - Published on Amazon.com
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A cold, scientific and tremendous description of traditional societies. Having to live all their lifes in a reduced space and fearing assassination all the time while living perpetual war is not the paradise sold in ideological propaganda such as marxist "primitive comunism" or zapatistas in Mexico (where we all know that before Marcos, tzotziles, tzetzales and the like were fighting all the time; in fact a main hypothesis for the disappearance of the Mayan city states and their civilization is perpetual war). All ideologically treasured paradises from traditional societies are destroyed by Diamond descriptions. Hobbes was right, a state is necessary.
Together with Norbert Elias (The process of civilization), this book ends the dreams of obsolete ideologies. We need more descriptions of human kind and societies as factual and cold as this one. And only after, we can make a profound "collective" introspection.
But this is just one side of Diamond review of traditional cultures. He also mentions what they did well. Two examples: 1) blood pressure in several societies was 90/60 in adults, the reason: low salt consumption. No obesity. The reason: no chips, no garbage food. 2) The need to speak several languages for commerce and social links such as marriage. Each person could speak up to nine languages. Recent studies cited by Diamond show that polilingual children have cognitive abilities to better adapt in changing environments than monolingual children. Of course they needed to adapt to survive in a dangerous, persecutory semi-war environment (he defines constructive paranoia). But those abilities are needed in our world, too. So, some governments are not pushing the "official" language that much anymore and are trying a polilinguial education. These were good things of these socities (among others he describes) that should be rescued, without the perpetual war business.
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Entretenido 26 Dec. 2013
By Claudio Carter - Published on Amazon.com
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Es interesante y da que pensar en algunos elementos del libro. Es una lectura fácil para todos aunque podría ser un poco más resumido.
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