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Food for thought
on 9 March 2017
Mr Diamond sets out to answer a local (New Guinea) politician s question, briefly why westerners have all the gear and his people had so little. The author establishes the cause of environmental opportunity and the effect of technological advancement. The earliest development is food production as opposed to hunting-gathering and everything seems to follow from that. He makes a very compelling argument and I think anyone finding the logic of determinacy too much, is probably nursing some kind of elitism. The scope of the opening chapters is mindboggling.
A narrower focus on each of the continents and type of development in turn gradually drives home the welcome message that bushman is as intelligent or more so than European but had less or different options in feeding himself/ herself due to ecological factors. It also incidentally answers many historical questions and opens areas of debate that are all too little visited - certainly outside academe. Heartily recommended.