Saturday, February 19, 2005

Cross-Post:Collapse Today!

So I just finished reading Jared Diamond's two books, "Guns, Germs, & Steel” about how and why societies start and grow at different rates, and “Collapse” about how and why some societies end and wane at different rates. It's all very interesting stuff and very scientifically painstaking. At one point he categorizes all the grasses of the world by seed size to show that hunter-gathers living in the fertile crescent, with two of the largest seeded grasses in the world, had an easier time starting agriculture. In another analysis of all large land mammals, he explains why Aurochs* could be domesticated, but not Bison...

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