Guns, Germs, And Steel

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Guns, Germs, and Steel Prologue: 1. Yali’s question puzzles over why the white people have become more successful than others. Diamond states that Eurasian societies were set to dominate from before 3000 B.C. He wants to know why other races are unable to be as advanced with technology and power. 2. Diamond’s first objection is implying that if we explain why some people rule over others we’re okay with the domination by others. His second reason explains that Europeans are disappearing anyways and it’s wrong to talk about them dominating the world. His third objection states that we must understand other societies and that the question implies that some are better than others. 3. A “Eurocentric” approach to history is a way of teaching history, mainly focused on Europe, while ignoring the other countries such as China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia, or other societies. 4. Diamond believes that everyone’s intelligence is based on where they live and grew up. One major point explaining that Europeans are not more inborn intelligent than New Guineans, is that the New Guineans need intelligence to live in the wilderness. Another is the lack of entertainment and distractions they have which doesn’t negatively affect their brain development. 5. Passive entertainment means little to no interactivity due to entertainment such as television, videogames, or radio. While Americans are busy spending hours with these activities, New Guineans are out doing something that encourages them

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