NONFICTION: "The World Until Yesterday," by Jared Diamond.

  • Article by: STEPHEN J. LYONS , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 29, 2012 - 1:25 PM

Lessons from old traditions and primitive cultures.

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survivalintlJan. 30, 13 9:41 AM

The problem with Diamond's book is that he uses contemporary tribal peoples (of which, in most cases, he has absolutely no first-hand experience) to tell us (the industrialised West) how we used to live. It's nonsense - nothing more than political opinion backed by dodgy science. To read what international tribal rights organisation Survival International (est. 1969) please visit: http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/8950

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survivalintlFeb. 15, 13 4:09 AM

On February 4 2013 Jared Diamond was interviewed on BBC TV about his new book ‘The World Until Yesterday’. He would not agree to a Survival International representative being there to debate his points. During the interview, he addressed my critique, claiming that Survival’s policies rest on ‘falsehoods’, and that the universal finding is that violence almost always decreases when there’s European contact of ‘traditional’ societies. Please visit http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/8980 to see more of Mr Diamond’s claims, and Survival’s response to them.

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