?

Log in

Previous Entry | Next Entry

The World Until Yesterday

I just finished listening to The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond, he of Guns, Germs and Steel fame. It's...I'm not quite sure what it is. Four books in one, I guess. Lots of cultural anthropology about New Guinea, a diatribe about diet and exercise, a warning about not romanticizing small non-state societies, and a bit of a rant about logical vs illogical safety precautions.

I think I enjoyed it despite its multiple personality disorder. Diamond makes a fairly good case for selectively adopting the wisdom of our hunter-gatherer brethren into our WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic) lives: aspects of their child-rearing methods, elder care, and (surprisingly) safety standards, and a big chunk of their diet.

The World Until Yesterday is alternately amusing, interesting, and tiresome--really a mixed bag--but overall worth a read/listen if you're into this kind of "let's look at humanity's long history and draw some conclusions for modern life" type of thing, which I am.

The audiobook is very competently and unobtrusively narrated by Jay Snyder.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
twasadark
Mar. 23rd, 2013 12:07 am (UTC)
I don't know if I told you that I listened to that hacker audiobook (the name escapes me now) on your recommendation and I loved it. The narrator was completely hilarious! Thank you!
emeraldsedai
Mar. 23rd, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Oh! You mean Ghost in the Wire? If so, yeah, that was a fun listen. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

(If you mean The Hacker's Diet, I'm the total amateur narrator on that one, copies of which have escaped into the wild, and I didn't plan to be hilarious, but if I was, well then, yay.) :D
twasadark
Mar. 23rd, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
It was Ghost in the Wire. :-) But I think you're a pretty awesome narrator in The Hacker's Diet, too!
emeraldsedai
Mar. 23rd, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
Hee! Thank you. :D
( 4 comments — Leave a comment )

Profile

Stumptown
emeraldsedai
DarkEmeralds

Latest Month

July 2017
S M T W T F S
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     

Tags

Page Summary

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Tiffany Chow