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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Guns, Germs and Steel

Guns, Germs and Steel is a documentary on PBS which I managed to get a viewing of. It was a really wonderful look at why Europe specifically conquered the world and developed the way it did.

Inspired by a question put to him on the island of Papua New Guinea more than thirty years ago, Diamond embarks on a world-wide quest to understand the roots of global inequality.

* Why were Europeans the ones to conquer so much of our planet?
* Why didn't the Chinese, or the Inca, become masters of the globe instead?
* Why did cities first evolve in the Middle East?
* Why did farming never emerge in Australia?
* And why are the tropics now the capital of global poverty?

There are some really interesting ideas here. For instance, did you know that out of all the plant eating mammals in the world, only 14 of them were capeable of being domesticated?

If you're intersted in checking out the show, check to see if PBS is showing it, or you can "maybe" find it somewhere on this site: Torrent Spy. But you didn't hear it from me.

Link (via Boing Boing)