These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. A short history of the world. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains. Controversial and Judgemental I really enjoyed this audiobook, my wife, who studied anthropology did not! Disappointed in the final result. He says that the successful civilizations were geographically lucky. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public.
The book won a 1997 Pulitzer Prize and quickly became a New York Times bestseller. It was the first use of water craft and range extension by humans. So amazing to think about the inevitabilities and chance occurrences that shaped our world. Europe and Asia had the best prospects, then Africa, then the Americas, then Australia. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. The mashing of the huge historical period and the geographical themes is understandable here, Diamond is a Geographer, and sees life in those terms, much as Acemoglu and Robinson in Why Nations Fail, examine life as economists.
When cultural or genetic differences have favored Eurasians for example, or the development among Eurasians of resistance to , he asserts that these advantages occurred because of the influence of geography on societies and cultures for example, by facilitating commerce and trade between different cultures and were not inherent in the Eurasian. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Unfortunately the narrator was completely unable to capture the drama of this book. It could all havee been absolutely mind changing. The Incas built a great civilization without writing.
I didn't actually believe the thing that I felt the author was accusing me of so that was a bad start. Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that make it possible? Unlike many economists who claim there is only one way of 'doing economics', he introduces listeners to a wide range of economic theories, from classical to Keynesian, revealing how they all have their strengths, weaknesses and blind spots. In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going. If you had told me I was going to be left gaping by linguistic analysis, natural experiments or the result of reviews by evolutionary biologists I wouldn't have believed you but I am agog as what I've heard and the implications it has meant for all the histories of different societies. Not sure I am convinced. Archived from on December 25, 2014. A little fragmentation is good.
We provide several products from kits, reagents and consumables to medical equipment, drugs and healthcare products. Diamond instead looks to geography, and natural history for explanations. You'll think about the world in a completely different way. Diamond argues that the gaps in power and technology between human societies originate primarily in environmental differences, which are amplified by various. The Fates of Human Societies is the subheading of this book and it grabbed me. Scholars examined the impact of geography, climate, and land use. If that's the case then why have no significant inventions come out of India or China in the past 100 years when they have 4x the population of the U.
Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet - having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art - while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. In 10 chapters, using essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history. I listened to the audiobook of the abridged version. Too much centralized power means one person can handcuff the creativity of many. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. It is dense, but if you don't like fact, analysis, and theory, you wouldn't seek out this sort of book.
I have heard others talk on the same issues and topics and make it much more engaging however. The conversation turned to the obvious differences in power and technology between Yali's people and the who dominated the land for 200 years, differences that neither of them considered due to any genetic superiority of Europeans. This was back when I listened to books haven't done so in years , but it waspretty interesting. Tom Parker is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted.
It's well narrated; I stuck with early sections that did a good job of scene setting but gave me problems in print and by the end I was so fascinated by the combination of detailed research and sweeping vision that I listened to it again. Crazy how so much centralized power is still playing a huge role. The value of the infomation in this book can not be overstated, and yet I do critisize the way in which it is conveyed. The narration is very clear and concise, but the intonation is sometimes flat, and I found myself drifting off at times. Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. Over 13,000 years of human history are explored in order to explain why societies around the world evolved differently from each other and how those differences led to the conquest of particular groups at the hands of others. SummaryGuns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies Audiobook by Jared Diamond is a popular non-fiction book written by Jared Diamond and first published in the year 1997.
Oddly, my least favorite part is also that the book is loaded with details. The eliminated many of the that, had they survived, might have become candidate species, and that the pattern of extinction is more severe on continents where animals that had no prior experience of humans were exposed to humans who already possessed advanced hunting techniques e. It has to be said that it is not a perfect work and Jared Diamond's ego does get in the way somewhat. I got it the 1st, 2nd and 3rd time. Mann now makes clear, archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last 30 years proving these and many other long-held assumptions wrong. Second, because of this early start, these people eventually domesticated more difficult plants. In the process, he wrote what I consider to be the single most illuminating book on the history of the human race.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Download and start listening now! Journal of the Royal African Society. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology. Was he paid by the number of pages he wrote? We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. It provides a answer that is simple, but not too simple to the question why some regions developed faster than others. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies.