Examples of Work by Jared Mason Diamond
Jared Mason Diamond
Jared Mason Diamond (born September 10, 1937) is an American scientist and currently a Professor of Geography and Physiology at UCLA. He is best known for his popular science books The Third Chimpanzee, Guns, Germs, and Steel, and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.
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The ends of the world as we know them.
Download: The island of stone money
To science we owe dramatic changes in our smug self-image. Astronomy taught us that our Earth isn't the center of the universe but merely one of billions of heavenly bodies. From biology we learned that we weren't specially created by God but evolved along with millions of other species. Now archaeology is demolishing another sacred belief: that human history over the past million years has been a long tale of progress. In particular, recent discoveries suggest that the adoption of agriculture, supposedly our most decisive step toward a better life, was in many ways a catastrophe from which we have never recovered. With agriculture came the gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism,that curse our existence.
Download: Why is sex fun
The subject of sex preoccupies us. It's the source of our most intense
pleasures. Often it's also the cause of misery, much of which arises from built-in conflicts between the evolved roles of women and men. This book is a speculative account of how human sexuality came to be the way it now is. Most of us don't realize how unusual human sexual practices are, compared to those of all other living animals. Scientists infer that the sex life of even our recent apelike ancestors was very
different from ours today. Some distinctive evolutionary forces must have operated on our ancestors to make us different. What were those forces, and what really is so bizarre about us? Understanding how our sexuality evolved is fascinating not only in its
own right but also in order to understand our other distinctively human features. Those features include our culture, speech, parent-child relations, and mastery of complex tools. While paleontologists usually attribute the evolution of these features to our attainment of large brains and upright posture, I argue that our bizarre sexuality was
equally essential for their evolution.
Jared Diamond on the state of the world environment
His most recent publications includes
Guns, germs and steel: A short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years
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Collapse: How societies choose to fail or survive: How societies choose to fail or succeed
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Science master: Why is sex fun? The evolution of human sexuality
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