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Prof. Jared Diamond  

Professor, Department of Geography UCLA

Dr. Jared Diamond is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse. In his new book, The World Until Yesterday, Diamond compares life in modern, industrialized societies with traditional ways of life and argues that traditional societies have much to teach us about conflict resolution, care of elders and children, risk management, multilingualism, and nutrition.

With a unique blend of anthropology, sociology, and evolutionary biology, Diamond depicts a way of life that is startlingly different from the way we live today. Focusing on how we can improve contemporary society by learning lessons from the past, Diamond’s message is both urgent and persuasive: With some thought and effort, we can have the best of both worlds. The New York Times calls Diamond's writing "one of the most significant projects embarked upon by any intellectual of our generation." Currently a professor of Geography at UCLA, Jared Diamond is also the author of two other bestselling books, The Third Chimpanzee and Why Is Sex Fun? He has received some of the world's most prestigious awards, including a MacArthur Genius Grant, the Dickson Prize in Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and the National Medal of Science, America's highest civilian award in science.


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