The facility provided better food and living conditions than other areas of the camp, and even included a playground. He was capable of being so kind to the children, to have them become fond of him, to bring them sugar, to think of small details in their daily lives, and to do things we would genuinely admire
It seems to me that the non-scientific argument here is not coming from Diamond. But rates of violence is only one aspect out of many by which tribal societies can be compared to state societies, and Diamond does just that in his book, arguing that some conflict resolution, restoration of relationships, treatment of the old, etc.
You do a disservice to Diamond by failing to mention that the large portion of his book is devoted to putting tribal societies in a warm light. What he actually says is that all human societies were tribal in nature for the vast majority of the existence of the human species.
How about 41, people killed during the 20th century as a result of wars between or within states? Ramon Lopez 41e6 dead over years out of average 2e9 people is 0.
For a tribal society of 50 people to have that rate they would have to suffer only 1 killing in a hundred years. But the violent death rate is higher than that. Even among the chimps of Gombe, our nearest relatives. Whether or not his position helps or harms your agenda on tribal rights really has nothing to do with whether or not his position is actually correct.
But at least he was doing science — macro, comparative, science — of a sort that was — is? He was asking the right kinds of questions. That captures its flavour rather accurately. Perhaps that just shows that things really are different in Anthropology.
My classes have anywhere from such books. I guess this is part of the disciplinary gulf too.
I know that I occasionally get an Engineering or Natural Science student in my class who claim to have made it through a couple of years of college without reading a whole book—all part of the disciplinary gulf you mention, I guess.
What goes around comes around. The recent crawling back by some of them to the reality that there actually is such a thing as human nature, always sufficiently obvious to any reasonably intelligent 10 year old, is a relatively recent phenomenon.
Before that time, orthodoxy was rigidly enforced by just the sort of ad hominem attacks now being directed a Diamond. Ardrey was, by their own admission, the most influential and effective opponent of the Blank Slaters.
If the names of both antiquity and of science can be drawn upon to legitimate our behavior, the moral uneasiness about napalm and the massacre of the innocent in Vietnam mayh be assuaged. In what was considered science for the period, the former waitress had arrived at Gombe, ordered the grass cut and dumped vast quantities of trucked-in bananas, before documenting a fractious pandemonium of the apes.
Soon she was writing about vicious hunting parties in which our cheery cousins trapped colubus monkeys and ripped them to bits, just for fun. Would it be valid to hold up Newt Gingrich as a representative of what is wrong with history as an academic discipline?
Cultural Anthropology, like Sociology, has become a political movement rather than any sort of academic endeavor. I think he is just wrong on a lot of facts.
His assertions about the Holocaust were wrong. Benny Peiser demolished the theory about Easter Island before Diamond took up the subject. Seal meat was the mainstay of their diet in the late phases of their Greenland sojourn. Extirpating it would be a great mercy.
Mostly, it should be viewed as a collection of travel stories, amusing, perhaps even informative, but not anything resembling a science. I learned a lot from the experience of unlearning those ideas. Further, in New Ginea, on the same island, some are hunter gatherers, others are agriculturists.Mengele: THE COMPLETE STORY by Gerald L.
Posner and John Ware (McGraw-Hill: $; pp.,illustrated) July 13, | Harry Trimborn | Trimborn is a Times assistant foreign news editor.
and This is not, as the subtitle claims, "the complete story" of Dr. Josef Mengele, the Nazi "Angel of Death" who caused the death and suffering of tens of thousands of inmates of the Auschwitz concentration .
Mengele offers us insight into one of the most infamous perpetrators of the holocaust. -- Michael Berenbaum, director, Sigi Ziering Institute, American Jewish University Students of the Holocaust are fortunate to have this book in print once again.
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Gerald L. Posner is the bestselling author of Hitler's Children, Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK, and Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
He lives in New York City.
Producer and author John Ware lives in London/5(). Posner has told the story of Josef Mengele better than any others that I have read. It describes his experiments on humans at Auschwitz, his escape, and his life in South America as well as the Nazi hunters who tried to track him down/5(2).
Mengele: The Complete Story [ - by Gerald L. Posner, John Ware, Michaael Berenbaum (Introduction); Cooper Square Pr.] The Survivor: An Anatomy of Life in the Death Camps.