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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

GG&S Debate Heats Up

This post is simply a way for me to organize the growing number of blog links that are discussing the recently-concluded Guns, Germs and Steel mini-series on PBS. In just the past two days I've noticed a sharp increase in GG&S discussion, at least on the blogs that I read. A few people are jumping all over the two Savage Minds posts, linked below. This post will be continiously updated as debate (hopefully) continues...

The two Savage Minds posts critical of Diamond's theory:

Anthropology's Guns, Germs and Steel Problem by Ozma
What's Wrong with Yali's Question by Kerim

Posts that directly respond to the links above:

Nobbled Savages by Henry at Crooked Timber
A Better Class of Critics of Jared Diamond, Please... by Brad DeLong
Kerim and DeLong begin to tangle antlers in the comments of this SM post.


Lindsey Beyerstein weighs in (mentions the "Diamond-bashers" at Savage Minds): Guns, Germs, Steel, and TV

John Hawks injects a history lesson into the debate here.

Henry at Crooked Timber refutes Tak's characterization of Jared Diamond as a racist based on a 1998 article he wrote on the Japanese.


Nomadic Thoughts' final review and analysis.

Michael Balter's Review in Science

Leave a comment if you have any more links that contribute to the debate, including reviews. I am elated to see so much discussion on such a notable book. Whether you agree with Diamond's theory or not, and whether you have an informed opinion or not, it is a fascinating topic for an online debate and one that will hopefully continue to grow.

Last updated 7/27 @ 1:51pm

Posted by Will at July 26, 2005 07:00 PM in In the News


It's not really part of the savage savage minds debate, but I have a post here, if you'd like to add it to the list.

Posted by: eb at July 27, 2005 04:38 AM

Good link eb, thanks for that. I really haven't given much thought to the absence of other fields from the debate (historians, economists, etc.) but that just could be because I don't read any blogs written by such professionals.

Posted by: Will at July 27, 2005 09:48 AM

Along the same lines, I haven't seen any geographers weighing in (though there are precious few of us in the blogosphere to begin with). But I make a start here.

Posted by: Stentor at July 27, 2005 01:45 PM

Many thanks for posting my Science review here. For an entirely different view of the Neolithic Revolution from Diamond's, see my book "The Goddess and the Bull: Catalhoyuk, An Archaeological Journey to the Dawn of Civilization." Details on my site www.michaelbalter.com.

Posted by: Michael Balter at July 28, 2005 11:32 AM