August 19, 2011
AP World History
Jared Diamond was born on September 10, 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was raised by two highly intelligent people. Mrs. Diamond, his mother, was a linguist while his father, Mr. Diamond was a physician. He grew to love science due to his intellectual upbringing. He was born to a Bessarabian Jewish family. His father attended Harvard University of Medical. Though Jared attended the same college of his father he earned his Bachelor Degree of Arts. Diamond also received his PH.D in physiology and membrane biophysics in 1961 at the University of Cambridge. Diamond résumé consist of physiology, ecology, geography, human history, environmental health sciences, and conservation biology. Diamond has also published two monographs, eight books and nearly 600 articles.
Jared wrote the book Guns, Germs and Steel because of this intelligent, yet complex questioned asked by a local politician from New Guinea named Yali. Yali’s question was attempted to be answer by Diamond, “Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people had little cargo of our own?” (Diamond 14) This question can also be asked “Why did wealth and power become distributed as they now are, rather than in some other way?” (Diamond 15) Yali’s question is about the inequalities of the world. I think the book is somewhat bias, because even though Diamond was explaining his view point of Yali’s question he was still initiating the intelligent difference between the New Guineans and the Europeans.
Diamond’s premise of this book was to attempt to answer Yali’s question and the inequalities of the world. The survey was presented in Guns, Germs and Steel by psychologists that gave “IQ” tests to black and white Europeans. The “IQ” tests were not accurate because people intelligence was defined differently. Some people intelligence...