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Who's looking forward to Jared Diamond's new book?

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Updated September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM
Created December 19, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Seems very interesting: The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

http://www.amazon.com/The-World-Until-Yesterday-Traditional/dp/0670024813/ref=lh_ni_t

Cheers,

Pieter

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15400 · December 24, 2012 at 7:57 AM

I am not being skeptic, I just have very high standards. It is easy for me to see the difference in degree of professionalism. No, they don't have a proper training. Their knowledge is limited. It does not mean that their work is useless - they have contributed to the overall movement. But none of them is properly trained to see the whole picture. Even Loren Cordain.

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10294 · December 24, 2012 at 7:33 AM

I follow you on the being skeptic (you always have to be), but the despising because the lack of proper training I think is strange. So you also despise Mark Sisson, Loren Cordain, Kurt Harris, Peter Hyperlipid, ... because they all don't have a proper training in the field of diet and nutrition!

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15400 · December 21, 2012 at 7:25 PM

I will probably be the only one who will not order his book. I think most of his books are shallow and populist. He oversimplifies the matter and is not objective enough in his writing. I really despise people who write about anthropology without any proper anthropological training. Even though he is interested in evolutionary biology, it does not equal being a trained anthropologist.

He is a professor of geography and originally his area of expertise was gall bladder salts. Of course, he states interesting facts in his books, but he makes wrong interpretations and he pre-selects them to prove his point.

My advice: take his writing with a grain of salt.

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15400 · December 24, 2012 at 7:57 AM

I am not being skeptic, I just have very high standards. It is easy for me to see the difference in degree of professionalism. No, they don't have a proper training. Their knowledge is limited. It does not mean that their work is useless - they have contributed to the overall movement. But none of them is properly trained to see the whole picture. Even Loren Cordain.

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10294 · December 24, 2012 at 7:33 AM

I follow you on the being skeptic (you always have to be), but the despising because the lack of proper training I think is strange. So you also despise Mark Sisson, Loren Cordain, Kurt Harris, Peter Hyperlipid, ... because they all don't have a proper training in the field of diet and nutrition!

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1688 · December 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I read the excerpt on child rearing on HuffPo, which made me pre-order it

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5949 · December 19, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Personally, I'm looking forward to his new Subway commercial.

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28 · January 04, 2013 at 8:24 AM

His last book was not so interested as I expected. He isn't my hero

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1672 · December 22, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Anything by JD is awesome

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1005 · December 22, 2012 at 2:49 AM

I am now! That book sounds really interesting

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11478 · December 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Bizarrely it's already out in the UK. Mine in cming tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up.

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17028 · December 19, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Looks like an excellent read. Can't wait!

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