Monday, June 20, 2011

Geographical perspective of human evolution

"History followed different courses for different peoples because of differences among peoples' environments, not because of biological differences among peoples themselves." Those who domesticated plants and animals early got a head start on developing writing, government, technology, weapons of war, and immunity to deadly germs.

Geography played an important role in human evolution. One of the biggest reasons of stratification in modern world is the difference among peoples' environments which divided them into "the haves and haves-nots.
Environmentalism, a basic concept of geography, played major role in current diversification in the world. 

Watch the first part of documentary based on Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, in which author tries to explain why "people of Eurasian origin... dominate the world in wealth and power."

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The fates of Human Societies - Part 1

Diamond argues that Eurasian civilization is not so much a product of ingenuity, but of opportunity and necessity. That is, civilization is not created out of superior intelligence, but is the result of a chain of developments, each made possible by certain preconditions.

Guns, Germs, and Steel also offers a very brief explanation of why western European societies, rather than other powers such as China, have been the dominant colonizers.

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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

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