Category Archives: GGS

Guns, Germs, and Steel

PNG Über Alles

One of the more interesting points in Guns, Germs, and Steel is Diamond’s claim that people in Papua New Guinea (PNG) “are probably genetically superior to Westerners”: p21. More quotes: “Natural selection for intelligence has probably been far more ruthless … Continue reading

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PNG data

Anyone have data on PNG performance in PISA or TIMSS? Or similar info?

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Buffalo gourds and Josephson junctions

Every technique is in competition with rival techniques. This inhibits the development of new techniques, even if they have high potential in the long run. To succeed, they have to beat out existing techniques in the short run. For example, … Continue reading

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Why the Aurochs could not be domesticated.

” Historical descriptions, like Caesar’s Commentarii de Bello Gallico or Schneeberger, tell that aurochs were swift and fast, and could be very aggressive. According to Schneeberger, aurochs were not concerned when a man approached, but when teased or hunted, an … Continue reading

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I will reread and review Jared Diamond’s book Guns, Germs, and Steel

If the price is right. Running a GoFundME for $1000. Paypal and bitcoin are also acceptable. The idea is not to joyfully take out the trash, as I did with Cordelia Fine’s Testosterone Rex, but to answer a book that … Continue reading

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