Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Notes on Guns, Germs, and Steel- 9/30/09

Jared Diamond has traveled the world to try to explore the routs of power in the World.

What seperates the haves from the have nots. The haves are people like us who have food, clothes, and shelter. The have nots are people in poor countries that struggle to get food, have shelter, and have clothes.

Jared Diamonds quest started on Papua New Guinea. Jared is a proffesor at UCLA. His real passion is the study of birds. Jared is a biologist.

Jared loves to go to New Guinea because there are many amazing birds there.

Jared is also an Author his books name is Guns, Germs, and Steel.

A person from New Guinea asked Jared, why do you white people have so much cargo when we have nothing?

Cargo is the word that the New Guinea people use for goods.

Jared says that the New Guinea people are very smart. Technological advances are any progress in technology that is new. Advanced technology, large population, and specialized work force are the differences between a country like the U.S.A and a country like New Guinea.

To understand where inequality came from he had to go back to a time where there was no inequality. He had to go back 13,000 years ago in the Middle East.

The middle East was alot more Arid then today.

The people were constantly on the move trying to find food and shelter. They would stay in a shelter for a long time until there ran out of food. Once they ran out of food they would move to another area were there is food and shelter.

These people hunted for food. They would track down any food they possible could. It takes time to hunt for an amimal. They have to hunt with a bow and arrow because there was no higher technology then that at the time.

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