Hi Mic. Thanks for the invite. Pahiram naman nito. Looks interesting
Diamond covers the history of the modern human over the last 13,000 years in a concise, eye-opening exploration of the ultimate causes of European domination of the planet from 1492 onward. This is a must read for any serious student of history.
It took my mind to the beginning of our human civilization and took back to the right-now instant. As far as I have read, it is the only book in which the important data of human history are compassed tidily into a few hundred pages. Needless to say, it is a worth-reading book.
I never got past the first chapter because I don't agree with his beginning of mankind evolving from monkeys.
Quite right bookworm. If you don't accept the principles of evolution, this book would have little meaning for you. Makes one wonder why you would even pick it up. Makes one wonder further why it's listed as read on your shelf (reading 1 chapter does not qualify) and why you've felt compelled to post a comment about it and rated it when you've not seen fit to post a comment about any of the 5 star favorites on your shelf.
You call yorself and eclectic reader but yet don't read a book that's contrary to your belief. Read this book from beginning to end. Suspend your disbelief in evolution and find out what the author had to say!
You're missing the point bookworm_sub’s. Evolution doesn't say we evolved from mnonkeys. We AND monkeys evolved from a common ancestor and then split into our respective species. Saying we're evolved from monkeys is typical smoke and mirros religious misdirection. I'l ltell you what I don't believe--the tribal myths of a bunch of desert herders that are thousands of years old and come from a time when people thought bushes could talk and people came back to life. If you can't see that the creation MYTHS of every culture and religion are allegories/metaphors I guess there's little hope for you to wrap your head around something as basic as evolution. The author of this book provides lots of proof to back his theory up--where's your proof in creationism? Please show me one iota, or perhaps you simply rely on that old warhorse "faith". If that's the case I've got a bridge I want to sell you.
Now, I know that you have been set right on your statement "evolving from monkeys".
I'm sure that it has been made evident that humans share common ancestry WITH monkeys and that they did not evolve from them.
More to the point, though you may be under the impression that humans are far removed from other apes, we in fact are not. Our DNA (to you not just three frequently linked capital letters) is over 98 % similar to a Chimps; more similar than a horse's is to a zebra's.
Further more, the little thing called the fossil record has revealed many levels of bipedal ape ranging from near chimp like characteristics such as any number of australopithecus to near human like characteristics such as homo habilis and homo erectus.
We really are apes with any manner of transitional, collateral phylogenetic traits both in between and in common respectively.
I agree. Clearly fossils, DNA and all other evidence for evolution is the work of the devil. I've seen pictures and my great grandpa did not have a tail. Also everything in the bible is literally true. Now if you'll excuse me I have a goat to sacrifice.
This book was fantastic non-fiction, and I love non-fiction. I'm a big fan of Jared Diamond's anyway, and I thought this was a neatly written, entertaining account of, well, man(woman?)kind :) I highly, highly recommend this to any and everyone.
This book transformed my understanding of determinism and the progress of human societies. Absolutely changed the way I look at history. Does anyone know if Diamond has specifically addressed/rebutted the various criticisms of his theories?
There's some of that in the Wikipedia article.
McD C, I wondered that as well, as his dating of the arrival of the Indigenous people in Australia is very different from the generally accepted time down here. That makes me wonder about his other timelines. But I really enjoyed the book; I just won't quote it too often.