guns germs and steel jared diamond

Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond goes up to the counter and specifically asks for anything but fair trade coffee. He patronizingly explains to the barista that the South American country where those coffee beans were grown is climactically very different from most European countries, and that’s why there’s an international corporation based in the Pacific Northwest in 2015.

“Actually, these beans were grown in Indonesia,” says the barista.

Diamond storms out in a huff, screaming about Europe and how it’s better than other places because of weather and stuff.

anonymous asked:

What's wrong with guns germs & steel?

snarky answer: what isn’t wrong with guns germs & steel?

serious answer: Jared Diamond is a biologist who tries to form a Grand Unified Theory of history. Even from the biology standpoint, he gets a lot of details wrong. There’s an obvious Eurocentrism which I can forgive and a ridiculous hyperfocus on geography which I can’t.

the historical part however is atrocious. i don’t understand what’s more disgusting: whether he clearly did not do his research or he did and was actually willing to lie to support his theory. his favorite approach is lies of omission, but not even all of them are that. the fact that the usage of smallpox blankets with an intent to genocide the native american populace is an absolute myth that never ever happened (outside of exactly one occurrence that was not successful) is universal knowledge amongst any historian worth their shit even in the 90s. many other pop mythos like “Cortez was genuinely taken for the living incarnation of god Quetzalcoatl and so they let him in for free with no problems and that is how he won” etc. it’s just a complete gish gallop of a book. Diamond makes insane claim after insane claim.

@prokopetz also offers us a grand unified theory of history, his approach to which is, at the core, very similar to this (even though his grand unified theory is not “pathogens n shiet”, but “the entire history is as stereotypically woke as humanly possible”“: he vaguely scrolls through events that may or may not have happened, completely discards inconvenient things through lies of omission, cites completely debunked pop mythos, adds genuine whole-cloth complete lies, and presents it all as historical consensus or some shit.

the seminal example of this i’d say is his insane 200k note post about how white people broke noses off statues to prevent THE FUCKING MEDITERRANEAN ETHNOCULTURAL CONGLOMERATE YOU INBRED KHOKHOL WHY WOULD YOU EVEN THINK THAT from learning about egyptians or some shit

the only things that are true in it are 7-8 prepositions and a pronoun or two

and that is why i assume he learned textology from guns germs and steel

anonymous asked:

10, 35, 36, 37??

10: how would you describe your style?
my skateboarding years greatly influenced the way i dress so that? i guess?

35: who is your celebrity crush?
ive never actually thought about this uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ariana grande or bruno mars? they both have such good voices and im always jealous of good voice range

36: favorite movie?
this is too hard so i love 2001: space odyssey AND ghost in the shell

37: do you read a lot? whats your favorite book?
i havent read a book in my spare time for a while but Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond was pretty good for the half i read of it

photo: by Zach Cordner for  Revolver magazine - on Instagram (X)

zachcordner#tbt my shoot with actor-turned-rocker Jared Leto for Revolver Magazine and yes, that is a loaded glock that he brought to our shoot.


Revolver Interview – Jared Leto

How lucky can one guy be? If you’re Jared Leto, the answer is, very. For one thing, with roles in Fight Club, Panic room, and Requiem for a Dream under his belt, he already has a successful film career underway. For another, he dates Cameron Diaz, one of the hottest women on the planet (and no slouch as an actor herself).And finally, his band, 30 Seconds to Mars-which features his brother Shannon on drums, Matt Wachter on bass, and Solon Bixler on keys and guitar- has been riding high on the strength of it’s self-titled major-label debut on Virgin/Immortal. We caught up with Leto during a short lull in his breakneck schedule, and he gave us the lowdown on his favorite smart guy, cell phone, and gun, and on how he dances with wolves.

Favorite Summertime Activity
“I like to go for long drives in the desert, find a quiet spot, and blast my f***in’ glock.”

Favorite Cell Phone
His suitcase phone: “It’s one of the first cell phones. It’s like a briefcase: You open it up and there’s the phone. It’s so big that it might as well be a pay phone you carry on your back, though it does get a great signal.”

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byronofrochdale  asked:

what's wrong about jared diamond? (I'm genuinely asking) (this was about the post you reblogged that defined him a social science philistine)

My friend @bloodthreadsaltglassandtears has talked about this in a lot more depth than I could (not having any training in anthropology myself).

I guess the TL;DR version is that he’s not an anthropologist or a historian, or even a geographer (he’s an ornithologist), and just makes up explanations for, like, the European colonization of the Americas (to take Guns, Germs and Steel as an example) that sound plausible and not-racist, but are actually 1. not the real reasons and 2. make it sound like colonization was inevitable and that if the Spanish, French, English and Portuguese didn’t do it someone else would have. 

I read Collapse kind of a long time ago, but looking at the Wikipedia page for it and seeing which cultures it talks about, I see that one of the chapters deals with Haiti, and with contrasting it with the Dominican Republic, and trying to figure out why Haiti is so much poorer and has had more of its forests cut down. Well, the first thought of a person who knows much about Caribbean history (I don’t – I only know a little) is “Didn’t the French impose horrible debts on Haiti in retaliation for their independence?” But the French barely figure in the chapter, and there’s no mention of anything they did after Haiti won its independence from them. (I have the book, so I went and skimmed the relevant chapter.)

In general, he seems to prefer parables of “these people over here were foresighted and prudent, and today their country prospers” and “those people over there were wasteful and foolish, and today they suffer terrible poverty and environmental disaster” to actually going into the particulars of the history involved.

If you don’t know the history, the parables sound just fine to you! They sounded perfectly plausible to me when I first read the book.

There is apparently a whole book dedicated to debunking his treatment of those cultures, called Questioning Collapse. It’s an anthology of essays written by anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, and the like, with each chapter written by a person who specializes in whatever specific sub-field of history their chapter deals with.

This is inadequate and I’m sorry for that; the best I can do is point you in the direction of people who know more than I do and have written about this in some depth.