There were things that I was going to post about in the past two weeks, posts which will have to be postponed, since my source materials are now scattered across two boroughs of New York City. But the basic theme was, "Why Jared Diamond is a jackass". Here are the main sections:
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1) What Diamond knows about Chinese history could be written on the back of a matchbook 2) A foray into Sino-Tibetan linguistics 3) A foray into the concept of the Sprachbund 4) Southeast Asia a millennium ago, or those swarming Indians are wiping out native cultures left and right! 5) The strange case of Taiwan 6) The Nicobar and Andamanese languages, or what the hell? 7) The historical settlement of Fujian province, or how Diamond can't be expected to read the references he gives 8) The Austronesian languages 9) Blust and Bellwood's accomplishment, and Diamond's free ride on their express train 10) Why do people take a New Guinea bird guy like Diamond seriously on subjects far outside his expertise?Mind, this only covers two chapters of Guns, Germs, and Steel. Don't even get me started on Collapse. This f