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  EDGE 3rd Culture: Jared Diamond
The biggest question that Jared Diamond is asking himself is how to turn the study of history into a science.
Jared comes to this question as one who is accomplished in two scientific areas: physiology and evolutionary biology.
Jared believes that the big world impact of his ideas may being in demolishing the basis for racist theories of history and racist views.
www.edge.org /3rd_culture/diamond/diamond_p1.html   (378 words)

 News: Jared Diamond Named to Institute of Medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Jared Diamond, an acclaimed professor of geography in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, was named a new member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
Diamond, the recipient of the National Medal of Science in 1999 and Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1998 for his book "Guns, Germs, and Steel," is widely recognized as a founder of conservation biology.
Diamond was one of three UCLA faculty who were among the 64 new members named to the Institute of Medicine.
www.college.ucla.edu /news/05/jareddiamondappointment.html   (547 words)

 Jared Diamond's Collapse traces the fates of societies to their treatment of the environment | By Michael J. Kavanagh | ...
The Vikings, Diamond notes in his customary casual style, had a "bad attitude" and thought the Inuit were "gross weirdos." As a result, they didn't adapt to the Greenland environment as the Inuit did, and, eventually, starved to death.
Diamond argues that the proximate cause of collapse in a society like Haiti -- a coup d'état or a flood resulting from a hurricane, for instance -- is only a manifestation of the ultimate cause: the mismanagement of its environment and resources.
When Diamond first visited Montana 50 years ago, it was one of the most prosperous and environmentally pristine states in the U.S. Today, it's one of the poorest, with a grim environmental outlook.
www.grist.org /advice/books/2005/02/08/kavanagh-collapse   (2216 words)

 Jared Diamond's "Collapse", part one
Diamond proceeds systematically through the main phases of history in all parts of the world and tries to show, with detailed arguments, how each phase, in each major region, is explainable largely by environmental forces.
If Diamond is anxious to separate the ascendancy of the West from any sort of innate cultural superiority, he is just as anxious to debunk the notion of a Golden Age that existed before colonialism.
Since Jared Diamond is so anxious to show how precapitalist societies were just as negligent as their successors on environmental questions, you'd think he'd have at least mentioned how the Blackfoot and other indigenous peoples fared.
www.columbia.edu /~lnp3/mydocs/ecology/JaredDiamond1.htm   (1736 words)

 Collapse by Jared Diamond: Reviews
Since Mr Diamond is a restless traveller, a ravenous researcher and a sparky writer, the result is gripping.
Diamond's credit that while writing about a 600-year-old societal collapse in a far-off Pacific island that shouldn't matter to us, he manages to convey a potboiler dread of impending doom.
Diamond's strategy of juxtaposition succeeds: The killings in Rwanda in the early 1990s, the desperate plight of the Haitians and the risks and challenges facing the United States in the present and near future are rendered all the more poignant and immediate against the background of various past human struggles against possible extirpation.
www.metacritic.com /books/authors/diamondjared/collapse   (973 words)

 The Science Show: 10 September  2005  - Professor Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond is a professor at the University of California in Los Angeles and is a physiologist, a birdo, and now a geographer.
Jared Diamond: Since you mentioned Europe…two weeks ago I was in Europe; I came from Germany and The Netherlands where I saw firsthand the practical things that Europeans are doing to solve the environmental problems.
Jared Diamond: This is something that Britain is wrestling with actively at the moment and the United States is starting to think about it.
www.abc.net.au /rn/science/ss/stories/s1454791.htm   (6479 words)

 Jared Diamond visits
Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies and a UCLA professor of physiology, spoke to a primed Cornell community audience Sept. 25 in Bailey Hall.
During his introduction of Diamond, President Hunter Rawlings described the deans' selection process as "raising hackles, explanations and educational aspirations." It was this type of deliberation, along with the book's broadly interdisciplinary scope, that prompted the selection of Guns, Germs and Steels as the required book for the Class of 2005.
Diamond asserted that, given China's unification under one emperor, there was little chance for diverse innovators to press through with new ideas, especially when the emperor ordered the dismantling of ship yards and limited the operations of sea ports.
www.news.cornell.edu /Chronicle/01/10.4.01/Diamond.html   (718 words)

 Harvard Gazette: A tour of human history, with guide Jared Diamond
Diamond, a UCLA geography professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, drew hundreds of Harvard students, faculty, and staff to last week's talks, filling lecture halls and overflowing overflow rooms.
Diamond, whose 1997 book "Guns, Germs, and Steel" is in its 183rd week on the New York Times bestseller list, presented his broad theories about why human history unfolds as a story of certain people conquering all competitors, and about why some societies collapsed dramatically while others adapted and succeeded.
Diamond joked about the breadth of his subject at the start of his first lecture, delivered before at least 800 watching live or in overflow rooms in all four Science Center lecture halls.
www.news.harvard.edu /gazette/2006/03.16/05-diamond.html   (925 words)

 Jared Diamond on The Paula Gordon Show
Professor Jared Diamond tells Paula Gordon and Bill Russell why he thinks the most momentous changes in human history began around 13,000 years ago, when people began abandoning 5 million years of our hunter-gatherer lifestyle for agriculture.
In fact, Dr. Diamond suggest reasons why he thinks aboriginal peoples have an edge over people in todayâs industrialized countries.) Dr. Diamond expands on his ultimate answer as to who overcame whom: wild plants and animals suitable for domestication; the geographic axes of the continents; and differing areas and relative isolation of continents.
Diamond believes that the biggest question facing us in the world today is the explosion of human population.
www.paulagordon.com /shows/diamond   (1328 words)

 Jared Diamond - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jared Mason Diamond (born 10 September 1937) is an American evolutionary biologist, physiologist, biogeographer and nonfiction author.
Diamond was born in Boston of Jewish heritage, to a physician father and a teacher/musician/linguist mother.
Diamond is renowned as the author of a number of popular science works that combine anthropology, biology, linguistics, genetics, and history.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jared_Diamond   (762 words)

 Jared Diamond's "Collapse" is best understood as the environmentalist cousin to recent books and articles by ...
Jared Diamond's "Collapse" is best understood as the environmentalist cousin to recent books and articles by Joseph Stiglitz, George Soros and Jeffrey Sachs that warn about the dangers of globalization.
Since Diamond and the economists all believe in the inviolability of the capitalist system, there is a certain cognitive dissonance at work in their writings.
For Chevron, having Jared Diamond and the World Wildlife Fund (on whose board he sits) on their side amounts to a public relations coup.
www.columbia.edu /~lnp3/mydocs/ecology/JaredDiamond4.htm   (2437 words)

 NOVA | scienceNOW | Jared Diamond Interview | PBS
Diamond agrees that the shrinking of humans, like that of hippos that shrank on Cyprus, is "a spectacular solution" to the problem of limited resources on small islands.
Diamond: To me, when I heard of this, I immediately said to myself, this is the most amazing discovery in any field of science in at least the last 10 years.
Diamond: Well, if I were three feet tall and I were hunting a Komodo dragon, and I were not yet smart enough to have bows and arrows, which they didn't have for sure, I would vote for a spear.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/nova/sciencenow/3209/01-diamond.html   (4700 words)

 Jared Diamond - EvoWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Jared M. Diamond is currently Professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles and formerly professor of physiology at UCLA.
Diamond is the author of several popular science books including the Pulitzer Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel and The Third Chimpanzee, a book on human evolution.
Diamond's professional research interests include evolutionary physiology, and the biological regulation of nutrient transport, though he has also worked on ecology, ornithology (at the AMNH), biogeography and environmental health sciences.
wiki.cotch.net /index.php/Jared_Diamond   (162 words)

 Amazon.ca: Collapse: Books: Jared Diamond   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Diamond is a brilliant expositor of everything from anthropology to zoology, providing a lucid background of scientific lore to support a stimulating, incisive historical account of these many declines and falls.
Diamond is too skilled a writer to make the read boring, but the sheer volume of information (and yes, repetition) can make for some dry material.
In Collapse, Jared Diamond has successfully examined the thousands of year of human history, by evaluating many of the great civilizations that went extinct due to their inability to recognize the limits of their resources and the strength of the forces of nature.
www.amazon.ca /Collapse-Jared-Diamond/dp/0670033375   (1988 words)

 National Academy of Sciences: InterViews | Jared Diamond   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Jared Diamond is professor of physiology at the School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.
Diamond received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1958 and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1961.
Diamond is also a research associate in ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and a research associate in ornithology and mammalogy for the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.
www.nasonline.org /site/PageServer?pagename=INTERVIEWS_Jared_Diamond   (442 words)

 How to Save the World
Although the critics seem content to review the book as something new, faithful Diamond readers who were expecting something as astonishing and provocative as his essay The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race will probably be disappointed.
Diamond is still talking about his meeting with Bill Gates three years ago, when Gates offered his inane opinion that technology would solve all the world's environmental problems.
Diamond’s distinction between social and biological survival is a critical one, because too often we blur the two, or assume that biological survival is contingent on the strength of our civilizational values.
blogs.salon.com /0002007/2005/01/13.html   (1035 words)

 Jared Diamond Addresses Adelphi
Adelphi University is pleased to present a lecture by Jared Diamond, the celebrated author on Wednesday October 23.
Jared Diamond is an author, physiologist, and evolutionary biologist.
Diamond is also a medical researcher and professor of physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine.
events.adelphi.edu /news/archive/20021015c.php   (335 words)

 Amazon.ca: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies: Books: Jared Diamond   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Jared Diamond looks to make believe for us that the capability to make innovations, the courage to accept competition, the openness for intermixing (causes biologically seen virus resistance, hello, bird flu) -- that these factors will safeguard the further dominance of the European-American concept.
The whole purpose of writing this book, as the author Jared Diamond freely admits, is to debunk the notion that the human race, culture and traditions had anything to do with the striking differences of the technological progress achieved by different societies on different continents throughout history.
Diamond speaks from a totally anthropocentric position: anything and everything in the world throughout recorded, or at least archeologically documented human history, is weighted from the perspective of its usefulness to humans.
www.amazon.ca /Guns-Germs-Steel-Fates-Societies/dp/0393317552   (1304 words)

 Gene Expression: Jared Diamond: Guns, Germs, and Gonads?
Along with Stephen J Gould and Richard Lewontin, Diamond is one of the most frequently cited authors among those who believe that there are no neurological differences between human populations.
While Kevin Drum himself is actually a pretty rational guy, it should now be apparent *why* Jared Diamond is so popular: his book is an attempt to explain why Europeans dominated during the last 500 years without recourse to any sort of evolutionary, genetic, or IQ-related evidence whatsoever.
Jared M. Diamond is Professor of Physiology at the University of California Medical School, Los Angeles, Calfornia 90024, USA.
www.gnxp.com /MT2/archives/003206.html   (1805 words)

JARED DIAMOND is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He is the author of the recently published Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies, which also is the winner of Britain's 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize.
Dr. Diamond is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship ("Genius Award"); research prizes of the American Physiological Society, National Geographic Society, and Zoological Society of San Diego; and many teaching awards and endowed public lectureships.
www.edge.org /3rd_culture/bios/diamond.html   (382 words)

 Jared Diamond Speaker Profile at The Lavin Agency
In this compelling and forward-looking talk, Dr. Jared Diamond explores the current and future state of human societies and the role that business can and should play in ensuring that the prosperity we currently enjoy is still here for future generations.
One of the world's great minds and most successful non-fiction authors, Dr. Diamond is uniquely able to weave in the inter-connected strands of ecology, history, anthropology, commerce, group psychology, and geography to describe the problems we collectively face, and the ways in which we can respond to them.
Dr. Diamond describes individuals and societies that, when confronted with crises or changing conditions, have had the courage to selectively reappraise their core values and were thereby able to survive; he also describes others that have failed.
www.thelavinagency.com /canada/jareddiamond.html   (943 words)

 David Brin's Official Web Site: "A Glass Half Empty" (article)
Only Jared Diamond now offers a wealth of examples and fresh evidence, from heedless deforestations performed by calamitous cultures like Haiti to relative success stories like Tonga and modern Holland, where ruinous trends were noticed and acted upon in time.
Diamond seems to favor pastoral-conservation combined with cultural-conservatism, a mix that Garrett Hardin extolled in The Tragedy of the Commons and John Perlin in A Forest Journey.
Jared Diamond legitimately grumbles that "New technologies, whether or not they succeed in solving the problems that they were designed to solve, regularly create unanticipated new problems." (See Edward Tenner's Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences.) Indeed, there have been burnt fingers.
www.davidbrin.com /collapse.html   (2503 words)

 Powell's Books - Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
Diamond crafts a careful and thorough account of the environmental and cultural fragility of civilizations, from present-day Montana to the toppled statues of Easter Island.
Diamond — who has academic training in physiology, geography and evolutionary biology —; is a lucid writer with an ability to make arcane scientific concepts readily accessible to the lay reader, and his case studies of failed cultures are never less than compelling."
Diamond's most influential gift may be his ability to write about geopolitical and environmental systems in ways that don't just educate and provoke, but entertain.
www.powells.com /biblio/1-0143036556-0   (1513 words)

 Catherine Seipp on Jared Diamond on National Review Online
Jared Diamond, author of the bestselling Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, has been dazzling colleagues with his expertise in a wide range of subjects for decades.
Diamond, currently a UCLA geography professor, was for more than 30 years a professor of physiology at UCLA’s medical school, with specialized research in the evolutionary process of snake digestion.
A key part of the answer, Diamond argues, was the availability of large, domestic-able animals in Eurasia and the lack of them (with minor exceptions such as the South American llama) elsewhere, with vital effects on the development — or not — of civilization.
www.nationalreview.com /seipp/seipp200506300832.asp   (923 words)

 Jared Diamond plus statistics at Larvatus Prodeo
Anyone interested in Jared Diamond’s explanation of history in terms of factors such as geography, land use and climatic conditions might also find this paper [link to pdf] in the Journal of World Systems Research interesting.
I thought the Jared point is simply that no matter how good your agricultural method was if you didn’t have the right armoury of steel and immune responses then you were quickly a footnote.
Diamond spent a lot of time on the terrific horses and horse-craft as well as the superiority of the steel swords of the Spaniards.
larvatusprodeo.net /2006/01/05/jared-diamond-plus-statistics   (2280 words)

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