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Journal of No. 118

May 13th, 2011

Natural Experiments of History @ 04:47 pm

This collection of essays (scholarly papers, really) takes a look at various societies and asks the general question, "If two societies differ in some parameter, can we uncover correlated variables that provide a potential explanation?" With Jared Diamond as a co-editor, I hoped for more of the kind of thing that made Guns, Germs, and Steel & Collapse entertaining. But really, I found the vast majority of the book very dry and full of scholarly minutiae on topics that did not have great interest for me.
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Journal of No. 118