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Although native Africans domesticated some plants in the Sahel and in Ethiopia and in tropical West Africa, they acquired valuable domestic animals only later, from the north. Jared Diamond#Acquired 69
Jared Diamond#Acquired 69
Our biggest threat is not an asteroid about to crash into us, something we can do nothing about. Instead, all the major threats facing us today are problems entirely of our own making. And since we made the problems, we can also solve the problems. Jared Diamond#Change 67
Jared Diamond#Change 67
Why did human development proceed at such different rates on different continents for the last 13,000 years? Jared Diamond#Continents 67
Jared Diamond#Continents 67
Starbucks goes to a great effort, and pays twice as much for its coffee as its competitors do, and is very careful to help coffee producers in developing countries grow coffee without pesticides and in ways that preserve forest structure. Jared Diamond#Careful 67
Jared Diamond#Careful 67
Some people have much more pull than other people. But when I say that the public has ultimate responsibility, I'm not saying it in a moral sense. I'm just saying it in the sense of what is it that's really going to bring change. Jared Diamond#Change 58
Jared Diamond#Change 58
Native Americans had only stone and wooden weapons and no animals that could be ridden. Those military advantages repeatedly enabled troops of a few dozen mounted Spaniards to defeat Indian armies numbering in the thousands. Jared Diamond#Advantages 56
Jared Diamond#Advantages 56
Science is often misrepresented as the body of knowledge acquired by performing replicated controlled experiments in the laboratory. Actually science is something broader the acquisition of reliable knowledge about the world.
Jared Diamond#Science 55
Jared Diamond#Science 55
The broadest pattern of history - namely, the differences between human societies on different continents - seems to me to be attributable to differences among continental environments, and not to biological differences among peoples themselves. Jared Diamond#History 52
Jared Diamond#History 52
I personally am not conscious of my accent. Jared Diamond#Accent 48
Jared Diamond#Accent 48
I decided that now is the time to start doing the things that really interest me and I find important. It was in the 10 years of the MacArthur grant that I began working on my first book... and I began putting more work into environmental history. Jared Diamond#Environmental 47
Jared Diamond#Environmental 47
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