THE biology book, essential reading -but a but tedious. Having it read to me was perfect. The sound and extensive reasoning by Darwin really came to life.
The work is not only interesting for people interested in biology or evolution theory.
The way Darwin addresses objections that can (and still are) be raised, the way he points out difficulties and weak points in his theory and discusses those are an example of the way scientist ought to explain and defend their theories.
I really enjoyed this essay. King's writing style -which I love- used to voice his opinion makes for a strong combination. The performance is super !
As I don't live in the US my opinion on the subject is irrelevant, but I think it is less enjoyable if you happen to have and enjoy those high powered weapons.
Jared Diamond sets out to answer the question of a New Guinean about why history has favored some societies over other when it comes to riches.
His explanations are that coincidences with respect to geography, domesticable plants and animals have been major 'first causes' to this uneven distribution of wealth. He makes his point very convincing.
He starts with an explanation on a small scale before taking on explanations on differences between entire continents. In this he is very thorough and presents overwhelming details in comparing many different societies throughout history throughout the world.
A real eye opener for me were the descriptions of clashes of societies where both parties were non-european. These have been as brutal as where european societies invaded.
The performance fits the style of the book. Never excited never dull in tone, like a lecturer I really enjoyed.
It is a pity that this essay is read by someone with such a bad voice. The reading is slow and very very low. I listen a lot in my car, but I need to cut out aal the bass, to listen to this without having popping sounds.
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