Coincidentally enough, i just finished reading _Guns, Germs, and Steel_ as 
well, it made for some interesting hours on the exercycle.  I thought his 
overall thesis was useful--the importance of existing plant and animal 
resources and topography on the growth of early cultures--and he did
make some valid points about the obstacles to technological innovation in 
Australia, the Americas, and much of Africa.


At 12:37 PM 2/16/01 +0100, you wrote:
>On Thu, Feb 15, 2001 at 01:16:52PM -0800, Alexander Robert William Robson 
> > On a similar topic, what do people on this list think of Jared Diamond's
> > book "Guns, Germs and Steel"?  Although I am not convinced by many of his
> > arguments (he's just plain wrong in a lot of cases),  I found the
> > book to be very thought provoking.
>I am currently reading that book. It definitely is thought provoking.
>Just a question, where is it that he is just "plain wrong?". I'm always
>open to a contrary opinion...
>Krist van Besien                                        [EMAIL PROTECTED]

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