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What Can We Learn From Small Isolated Societies?

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On Tuesday's Central Standard, Author Jared Diamond talks about his newest bestseller, The World Until Yesterday: What We Can Learn From Traditional Societies. His book focuses on 40 small, isolated societies where just a few generations ago there was little to no contact with the outside world, and their medical care lacked the technological advances available in the Western world. 

Diamond says that within a single generation they learned to write and operate complex computer programs. Diamond uses these societies as case studies to observe how modern society has actually shaped all of us and argues that there are some things that modern society can learn from the examples of it's former self.


  • Dr. Jared Diamond, author of The World Until Yesterday: What We Can Learn From Traditional Societies and Professor of Geography at UCLA
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