Jared Diamond speaks on: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

Jared Diamond, bestselling author of COLLAPSE and Guns, Germs, and Steel, surveys the differences between "traditional" societies and industrial or post-industrial societies, with an eye to the question: what can we learn from the former that can make the world we live in a better place for all of us? People are basically all the same everywhere. "Not exactly," says Jared Diamond, in his rich new book, THE WORLD UNTIL YESTERDAY: WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM TRADITIONAL SOCIETIES?, the successor to his multimillion-copy bestsellers GUNS GERMS AND STEEL and COLLAPSE.

Join us before the lecture in the Price Center East food court, Level 1.  We will gather near the Tapioca Express.  Event leaders will be wearing highly visible blue "Atheist" tee-shirts with red and white printing, and we'll have red meetup signs on the tables.  Come anytime after 5:00 to say hi and mingle.

Lecture doors open at 6:15.  Lecture and Q&A ends at 8:30.  Book signings after.

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

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  • Lisa T.

    Same question as Brendan... Brendan, did you find a ride? I see public transit run late from UCSD area, so maybe I'll try that. I loved Guns, Germs, and Steel.

    January 22, 2013

  • Brendan B.

    is anyone going up from southbay or downtown that I can catch a ride with?

    January 22, 2013

    • Travis M.

      Bendan, check your e-mail.

      January 23, 2013

    • Brendan B.

      thanks man, I'm actually good, cya there.

      January 23, 2013

  • Jay

    I'll be very regrettably busy 'til 8:00. Is anyone going to tape/record the lecture, legality permitting? Or, will it be put on youtube by Jared Diamond's "people"?

    January 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bringing 2 friends. Is there really going to be enough seating for everyone? Seems like the crowd is going to swell.

    January 21, 2013

    • Debbie A.

      They will have the doors closed to the Price Center ballroom before Diamond's talk. I would suggest you check with staff there to be certain when the doors open. The large ballroom holds 1000 people, and I've always found a seat.

      January 21, 2013

  • Craig C.

    Is anyone up for beers and such after?

    1 · December 10, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      yes. Rock Bottom?

      January 8, 2013

  • Wally

    For those who are interested in a book club, I've set up a page to discuss books to read and the where/when of meeting. We can set up a poll to vote on the first book once people have listed some books they'd be interested in. Stop on by and nominate your favorite book. =)

    December 18, 2012

  • Michael C.

    Since it's at UCSD, you might want to go on Facebook and check out Rational Thought@UCSD to see if they're planning anything. I just posted something.

    December 12, 2012

  • Peter M.

    I stood in line for three hours to see Richard Dawkins - it was worth it!

    December 10, 2012

  • Emily

    With no registration or fee... I imagine you have to show up so early that you need to bring a folding chair and a light beverage.

    December 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm personally not familiar with this author and I would like to read some of his works before the lecture. Anyone interested in having a book discussion on one of his books beforehand? If so, I'm open to suggestions on which you'd like to read. Feel free to post your suggestions here. :)

    November 4, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jane, his new book doesn't come out until the very end of December. I think we'd be pushing it a bit to get it read and discussed before the lecture. Maybe it's something we can do afterward, though.

      November 4, 2012

    • Siddhartha

      "Guns, Germs and Steel" is, I feel, his best book. "Collapse" is also good; it examines how civilisations come to an end, and is probably more appropriate for this group, as the "take-home-lesson"­ is that there is no one to watch over us, we need to be more responsible. "The Third Chmipanzee" and "Why is Sex Fun" are shorter and focus more on evolution.

      1 · November 4, 2012

  • Mariah

    The Peace Resource Center was doing a book group every second Tue lunch, but just put it on hold. However, we (I'm the Director) can restart it if folks are interested, and maybe change the time or hold a special one...

    November 4, 2012

  • Paul

    I'd say Collapse & Guns, Germs and Steel are must reads. I've love to do a book club on these but my schedule is so erratic it's hard for me to say when is a good time. Near the Holidays?

    November 4, 2012

  • nancy b.

    Having Jared Diamond here is a treat. The first books are meaningful and important. I look froward to reading his new book: The World Until Yesterday.

    October 31, 2012

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