“The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?”

Monday, 22 April 2013 | A Public Affair

On Monday April 22nd, host Anjuli Brekke spoke with author Jared Diamond about the lessons we can learn from traditional societies.

diamondIn his book, “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?” Diamond compares the modern industrialized world with that of traditional societies. Modern life has brought with it centralized government, industrialization, globalization and technological innovation, but as the world’s progressed, perhaps we’ve lost something along the way.

Diamond asserts that “We shouldn’t romanticize traditional societies, but we also shouldn’t condemn them as brutes and barbarians.”

He argues that traditional societies have much to teach us about different ways to eat and stay fit, how to raise our children, and how to organize communities. Jared Diamond is a professor of Geography at UCLA. His previous books include “Why is Sex Fun?,” “Collapse,: and “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

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