Professor of Physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine and Evolutionary Biologist

He is the author of the best-selling and award-winning The Third Chimpanzee. He has published over 200 articles in Discover, Natural History, Nature, and Geo magazines. Won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction, and the 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize for his book" Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies." This is a brilliant treatise on how it came to be that some cultures appeared to advance much more quickly than others. That is, some remained as hunter-gatherer based societies while others developed agriculture, domesticated animals, advanced writing systems, etc. much more quickly.

Why is that?

He discounts the traditional genetic explanation. But what's most interesting is that he gives voluminous support for his theories which he has clearly spent a lifetime studying.

He also wrote Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality.

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Source: Diamond, Jared, "Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies," and "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed"
Last Updated 04.02.04

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