January 8, 2008

Book: The Journey of Man

I finished reading The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey<. It's a detailed look at tracing the roots of mankind and the long-ago migrations across the globe using DNA analysis. Some parts are a bit technical but overall it's quite interesting.

Anthropology and history have always interested me. I was surprised to find a brief history of world languages among all the DNA explanations and prehistory, but that part turned out to be quite intriguing.

Not too long ago I enjoyed Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. It's a detailed essay on why some societies became powerful and rich in material belongings while others did not. Diamond demonstrates that luck and resources were key factors, not intelligence or talent. Food for thought.

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