“The Worst Mistake In The History of the Human Race”
The article “The Worst Mistake In The History Of The Human Race” by Jared Diamond was overflowing with an extremely different stance on the globally accepted views of the impact of agriculture. The author stated “With agriculture came the gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism, that curse our existence.” This was the heart of his theory as he depicted agriculture as a curse suffered by mankind, to bring itself to its current place in civilization. Jared Diamond based his argument around points such as studies on the welfare of current hunters and gatherers, the varying detriments of agriculture—as discovered by Paleopathologists in remains of ancient man—and their affects on the pioneers of agriculture, and the practice of making women “Beasts of Burden” to show inequality between the sexes. He began all his points by opening with a fact or question pro-agriculture then countering it with a fact of his own, grouping his information together to support his counter statements. Jared Diamond answered four main questions in the text. One, Why did ancient man adopt agriculture? Two, Since the farmer was the poorer life style how has it survived? Three, How can we deduce the health of prehistoric man? Four, What was the health of Prehistoric farmers versus hunters and gatherers like? Mr. Diamond presented data from several areas. The indirect studies on the health of modern day hunters and gatherers provided a rough idea of how prehistoric hunters had lived. He also stated a reasonable amount information derived from the analyzation of skeletons and mummies of Farmer v. 1.0 by Paleopathologists, that reflected their general health. Multiple bodies analyzed were given time spans along with the basic era in which agriculture began. As the title of Mr. Diamond’s article suggested, it was full of facts stating how the discovery of agriculture was worse than...
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