Unfortunately you're singing off-key, as this is not part of the "scholarly
record." It's an introductory text meant for a general audience, and is unlikely
to be quoted by other scholars. If you want to get into the scholarly work, you
look at the recommended reading lists Diamond includes at the back of the book.

"John W. Redelfs" wrote:

> After much pondering, Elmer L. Fairbank favored us with:
> >>It seems to me that an honest scholar would just stick to writing things
> >>he can authenticate using the documentary record, or at least the
> >>archaeological record.  In the absence of such records the author isn't
> >>just engaging in unfounded supposition, he is engaged in irresponsible
> >>guessing and wild speculation.  That is, he is just making up the
> >>story.  Such a book is fiction, not nonfiction.
> >
> >Ah, yes, but now it becomes part of the scholarly record, to be quoted ad
> >nauseum, with the wild speculation becoming more and more a concrete truth
> >with every scholarly citation.
>
> Exactly!  I can see that we are singing from the same hymnal.
>
> John W. Redelfs                            [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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> To me, clowns aren't funny.  In fact, they're kind of scary.
> I've wondered where this started and I think it goes back to
> the time I went to the circus, and a clown killed my dad.
> --Jack Handy
> =============================================
> All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
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Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

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technicalities. We want a lot of engineers in the modern world, but we don’t want
a world of engineers.” – Sir Winston Churchill (1950)

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