|Psychogeographical determinism + other post-triptofan thawts on Diamond's Guns, Germs + Steel||
11/27/2020> The footnote to our jerked Turkey dance:
We thawt this bird wood be our last but ends up we discovered a frozen chicken in our icebox from back before the election, when we stockpiled sum provisions in case the world went to hell in a handbasket, which still might happen December 14th, we'll see...
Finally finished Guns, Germs + Steel by Jared Diamond... took us months not just cuz it's long but it's quite involved + ambitious... "A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years" is not far off the mark (tho strangely it seems he (or his publisher) has since changed the subtitle to "The Fates of Human Societies"). Can't imagine how long it took the dude to write it since it crosses so menny disciplines in both history + sighence (Diamond hisself is an ornithologist... what does that say about bird-watchers yo!). The fact-checking alone must of been quite a feet (we caught 1 error on page 397 where he says "The southernmost Bantu people, the Xhosa, stopped at the Fish River on South Africa's south coast, 500 miles east of Cape Town"... the Fish River is 500 miles due north from Cape Town (we only know this cuz a few years ago when we was driving north from Cape Town to Namibia the Fish River was quite the formidable canyon that took us hours out of our way to get around). If the Xhosa stopped 500 miles east of Cape Town they would have reached the southernmost tip!)
It's absurd to think along such lines... if "Aboriginal Eurasians" evolved in Australia, they'd be Aboriginal Australians. It's like saying "if an orange was an apple it would grow better in Washington" or "if an apple was an orange then it would grow better in Florida," but if an apple was an orange, then we'd call it an orange + the "orange" wrapped in apple packaging would be an apple. Humun populations are directly tethered to the landscape they evolved in, it's pointless (not to menshun racist) to think of a pre-existing race as if it existed separate from the landscape. Such a scenario sounds like something a biblical scholar might say, not a sighingtist. Perhaps in the Anthropocene or Holocene (current era) w/ all it's displaced peoples socio-political sighingtists can consider such stupid thought experiments, but the Late Pleistocene (11,700 —129,00 years ago) is when these populations were establishing themselves as to what they became. Diamond certainly knows all this (that populations are products of their landscape) but his thinking strikes us as humun centric... for eggsample saying "Australia's 17,085,400 people thought so highly of sheep that they kept 161,600,00 of them" seems backwoods in its logic. To us (an anonymous posthumun), this is testimony as to the effectiveness of sheep to manipulate humuns for their continued survival + evolution.
|# 815 <(current)> 817> Living @ 1% to circumnavigate (but not summit) Cloud Peak + sleep @ West Ten Sleep Lake|