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Offline Matt Emery

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The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race
« on: August 22, 2007, 06:27:34 AM »
Jared Diamond, an American evolutionary biologist, physiologist, bio-geographer and non-fiction author, wrote a remarkable piece for Discover Magazine, in May 1987.

It is about; how agriculture set the stage for class division, and is responsible for many of the modern health problems.  Jared Diamond was an influence for me when I was seeking answers about modern lifestyle problems, and indeed, he's a man who has inspired me to make this website.

From the article:
"...recent discoveries suggest that the adoption of agriculture, supposedly our most decisive step toward a better life, was in many ways a catastrophe from which we have never recovered. With agriculture came the gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism, that curse our existence."

This is a must-read - so do yourself a favour and read it here:
http://www.environnement.ens.fr/perso/claessen/agriculture/mistake_jared_diamond.pdfl


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« Last Edit: December 18, 2008, 02:27:51 PM by Matt Emery »
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Re: The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2008, 07:56:22 PM »
Excellent article, Matt!  (Sorry for replying to such an old post, but I thought it deserved "resurrection!")  Anyway, the link you posted above is no longer valid, but I was able to find the article in .pdf format here:

http://www.environnement.ens.fr/perso/claessen/agriculture/mistake_jared_diamond.pdf
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Re: The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2008, 02:28:28 PM »
Thanks Tony!

I edited my post accordingly.
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