Jared Diamond wants to know what created such massive differences in power between civilizations.
So far, it seems to be a pretty persuasive argument, that geography helped create compelling competitive advantages for some groups of people, that continued to compound. Well, I guess geography plus germs.
But I’m afraid it’s not going to ask what I think is a more interesting question: Why don’t people treat each other better? Or perhaps more productively, under what conditions do people treat each other better?
I’ll probably write a bit more after I finish watching the series.
Finished it. I would recommend this series.
Diamond repeatedly says he began this work over 30 years ago. That strikes a chord with me. I began work on proximity thinking over 35 years ago.
The difference of course is, that no one understands my work yet. And no one supports my work. And no one believes in me.
That’s why I’ve been working on ways to put the ideas into action. Pretty much all my projects, and my art, relate to proximity thinking in one way or another.