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"Yali's Question" - Guns, Germs & Steel
11-27-2007, 06:03 PM,
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"Yali's Question" - Guns, Germs & Steel
Yali, a New Guinean asks following questions:



1) "Why weren't Native Americans, Africans & Aboriginal Australians the one who decimated, subjugated or exterminated Europeans and Asians"???

2) "Why is that the White People developed so much Cargo and brought it to New Guinea but we Black People had little Cargo of our own"???

3) “Why is that while the Fertile Crescent, South and West Asian countries and Chinese, Japanese and Indian Civilizations were involved in breeding animals and food products, the White People were developing weapons of steel like Swords, Spears, Daggers and Muskets”???



Book: Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond, 1997 Pulitzer Prize Winner
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11-28-2007, 03:53 PM,
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"Yali's Question" - Guns, Germs & Steel
geography

different environments provided the resources for particular cultural developments
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11-29-2007, 12:39 PM,
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"Yali's Question" - Guns, Germs & Steel
I am sure you are not talking about 1, 2 Or 3
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11-29-2007, 01:58 PM,
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"Yali's Question" - Guns, Germs & Steel
Quote:I am sure you are not talking about 1, 2 Or 3

well...i think it pretty much answers all of them. but forgive me, it's a very simplified answer, let me elaborate more.

1) "Why weren't Native Americans, Africans & Aboriginal Australians the one who decimated, subjugated or exterminated Europeans and Asians"???

i would say that the eurasian continent allowed for agricultural and animal domestication development. agriculture provided for large standing armies and domestication caused viral immunity. which are things that the other people didn't have together the way europeans and asians did.

2) "Why is that the White People developed so much Cargo and brought it to New Guinea but we Black People had little Cargo of our own"???


probably because white people developed and spread an economic system based on trade and commerce. which is a product of agricultural surplus.

3) “Why is that while the Fertile Crescent, South and West Asian countries and Chinese, Japanese and Indian Civilizations were involved in breeding animals and food products, the White People were developing weapons of steel like Swords, Spears, Daggers and Muskets”???

i would probably guess because cold weather environments required fire for survival, which then allowed for greater developments in fire handling for ore smelting and metallurgy? but i'm not exactly sure about this one.
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11-29-2007, 02:11 PM,
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"Yali's Question" - Guns, Germs & Steel
Nay, I disagree...try thinking harders like invasions, colonilization, killing through spreading diseases, like giving blankets to the Indians which were previously used by small pox white patients, spreading bubonic plage en-masse deliberately.

You have to read this book, its very interesting
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11-29-2007, 03:04 PM,
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"Yali's Question" - Guns, Germs & Steel
Quote:Nay, I disagree...try thinking harders like invasions, colonilization, killing through spreading diseases, like giving blankets to the Indians which were previously used by small pox white patients, spreading bubonic plage en-masse deliberately.

well, that's part of the animal domestication process.

animals carry various diseases which were once harmful to those early domesticators. but as time went on, they developed immunity to those diseases

the americas didnt have those types of domesticate animals, so naturally, the native americans didnt have any immunity to the diseases that the european invaders were carrying
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