UCLA Prof. Jared Diamond kicks off the University of Alberta’s Festival of Ideas lecture series tonight. Diamond has become a popular figure over the past 15 years with the bestselling science books, Guns, Germs, And Steel: The Fates Of Human Societies, and Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed. Diamond’s lessons are both unsettling and comforting, but always interesting. They are unsettling because they explain much of human history from a geographic perspective that makes humans look less in control than we think, and they are comforting because they reassure us that someone is making sense of it all.
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