Jared Diamond Speaking at UCSD

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

Wednesday, January 23rd
7:00 PM
UCSD Price Center Ballroom

Meet ahead of time at 5:00 PM, same building as the lecture, but on the first floor in the food court.

FREE!

In his new book The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?, Pulitzer Prize-winner Jared Diamond provides an epic journey into our rapidly receding past, revealing how tribal societies offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for millions of years until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms - and how they can provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature.

Drawing on his own fieldwork spanning nearly five decades of working and living in New Guinea as well as evidence from Inuit, Amazonian Indians, Kalahari San people and other cultures, Diamond explores how tribal peoples approach essential human problems, from childrearing to old age to conflict resolution to health, and discovers that we have much to learn from these traditional ways of life.

As he reminds us, the West achieved global dominance due to specific environmental and technological advantages, but Westerners do not necessarily have superior ideas on how to raise children, care for the elderly, or simply live well. Join us as Dr. Diamond provides a mesmerizing firsthand picture of the human past that also suggests profound lessons for how we can live today.

Jared Diamond is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the seminal Guns, Germs, and Steel, voted one of TIME magazine's top 100 nonfiction books of all time, and Collapse, a number one international bestseller. A professor of geography at UCLA and a noted polymath, Diamond's work has been influential in the fields of anthropology, biology, ornithology, ecology and history, among others.

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This is a program of the Helen Edison Lecture Series at UCSD

This event is free and requires no reservations.  Parking on the UCSD campus is $4 after 5:30 PM

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  • Debbie A.

    Does anyone know if Judy found her way to the Price Center?

    January 23, 2013

    • Judy B.

      Don't know which Judy you mean, but I was there :)

      January 24, 2013

    • Debbie A.

      I meant you! So glad you made it. Sorry I missed the opportunity to meet you.

      January 24, 2013

  • Wilfredo P.

    Here is the question I would have asked Jared Diamond but for my sore throat and flu: "You state in the book that traditional societies are far more communal than modern Western societies. Do you think there is a causal relationship between our relatively non-communal society and our high rates of suicide, alienation, depression and school and workplace mass shootings?"

    Your thoughts?

    January 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think this is a question regarding Emile Durkheim's work in his book, Suicide, where he postulates 3 different types of sociological, i.e. not psychological, motivations for suicide. However, this study has major problems and its conclusions are no longer considered valid. And as always, it's wise to remember, "Correlation is not Causation!"

      January 24, 2013

  • Wilfredo P.

    "Guns, Germs & Steel" is a terrific book, James. Be sure to watch the 3-part program based on the book. I also highly recommend Dr. Diamond's books "The Third Chimpanzee" (the title refers to us humans) and "Collapse," as well as the program "Collapse."

    December 15, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Like most shows based on a book, the GG&S PBS show was incomplete in relation to the book, i.e. I'd recommend reading the book and don't watch the show. And I second the other book recommendations!

      January 24, 2013

  • Andy D.

    I love hearing his perception, it has very little 'ought'

    January 24, 2013

  • Victoria de la T.

    Does anyone one if he will be selling books?

    January 23, 2013

    • Debbie A.

      YES YES YES. Hope you attended.

      January 23, 2013

  • Wilfredo P.

    Dr. Diamond's lecture was superb! He is one of the greatest and most influential thinkers of our times. It was fun to get together at this intellectual event with people who like to think!

    January 23, 2013

  • DW

    If anyone is unable to make it (last minute) for some reason, you can find a (fairly) identical lecture by Jared Diamond here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc4bXIg8JDk

    January 23, 2013

  • Wilfredo P.

    Debbie's post is entitled "See you at UCSD for the Jared Diamond event."

    http://www.meetup.com/humanistfellowship/messages/boards/thread/30652902

    January 22, 2013

  • Rose M.

    The food court is within Price Center, which is a big building just north of Gilman Dr. & Myers Dr. If you were to stand at Gilman & Myers with your back to the School of Medicine and walk straight, you'd come to Price Center and see a Neptune statue/fountain. To the right of that you'd find some glass walls and some sliding doors a bit further. Just within those doors is Tapioca Express; Debbie said they would try to round up some tables near there. Does that help?

    You can also go on Google Maps and search "Tapioca Express, UCSD, La Jolla, CA" and it'll let you zoom in and see where it is on campus.

    January 22, 2013

  • Judy B.

    Where, within UCSD, is the Food Court?

    January 22, 2013

  • Wilfredo P.

    Yes, that's correct.

    January 22, 2013

  • Jeni S.

    Got it. Thanks. We are meeting at 5 in the Food Court, right?

    January 22, 2013

  • Judy B.

    Sorry, I can't find Debbie's post on getting together..I looked on the "discussion" page, probably doing something wrong...Please enlighten!

    January 22, 2013

  • Wilfredo P.

    Jeni, please see Debbie's post on this topic on the Discussion page for information on getting together before the lecture.

    January 22, 2013

  • Jeni S.

    Are we meeting somewhere before the lecture, or just all going to dispersed in the audience?

    January 22, 2013

  • Wilfredo P.

    Here's an excerpt from Jared Diamond's new book. I will also post this on our Discussion page.

    "It's Irrational to be Religious"

    http://www.salon.com/2013/01/13/jared_diamond_its_irrational_to_be_religious/

    1 · January 14, 2013

    • Dan F.

      Thanks for sharing this Wilfredo. Good stuff!

      January 14, 2013

  • Debbie A.

    This is free. In fact, all of the Helen Edison Lecture Series programs are free and all are open to the public. Be sure to get on the mailing list when you are there. I made a change to the text Janice, and noted it was FREE right at the top of the announcement. You can click on the link at the very bottom to find out more about the lecture series.

    January 5, 2013

  • Janice

    Do we need to purchase tickets for this event?

    January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just happen to be reading GG&S now. I'd like to see what new insights he has to share.

    December 14, 2012

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