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Jared Diamond Quotes and Sayings

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Technology has to be invented or adopted.
- Jared Diamond

Related topics: Technology

Why did human development proceed at such different
rates on different continents for the last 13,000 years?
- Jared Diamond

Human societies vary in lots of independent factors
affecting their openness to innovation.
- Jared Diamond

Tasmanian history is a study of human isolation unprecedented
except in science fiction -
namely,
complete isolation from other humans for 10,000 years.
- Jared Diamond

 

No government is here forever.
And there are other forces - the most potent force in our society,
in fact, big business - doing good for the environment.
- Jared Diamond

Australia is the most isolated continent.
- Jared Diamond

We can't manipulate some stars while maintaining other stars as controls;
we can't start and stop ice ages,
and we can't experiment with designing and evolving dinosaurs.
- Jared Diamond

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Biology is the science.
Evolution is the concept that makes biology unique.
- Jared Diamond

We're uncomfortable about considering history as a science.
It's classified as a social science,
which is considered not quite scientific.
- Jared Diamond

I've always been interested in a lot of things,
and a lot of things at the same time,
and I always tried to explain them to myself.
I ask a lot of questions.
- Jared Diamond

Take air quality in the United States today:
It's about 30 percent better than it was 25 years ago,
even though there are now more people driving more cars.
- Jared Diamond

Although native Africans domesticated some plants in
the Sahel and in Ethiopia and in tropical West Africa,
they acquired valuable domestic animals only later,
from the north.
- Jared Diamond

I personally am not conscious of my accent.
- Jared Diamond

I'd rather spend my leisure time doing what some people
call my work and I call my fun.
- Jared Diamond

All human societies go through fads in which they temporarily
either adopt practices of little use or else abandon
practices of considerable use.
- Jared Diamond

Eurasia ended up with the most domesticated animal
species in part because it's the world's largest land
mass and offered the most wild species to begin with.
- Jared Diamond

I've worked very hard in this book to keep the lines of communication open.
I don't want to turn someone away from this information
for partisan political reasons.
- Jared Diamond

Native Americans had only stone and wooden weapons
and no animals that could be ridden.
Those military advantages repeatedly enabled troops
of a few dozen mounted Spaniards to defeat Indian armies
numbering in the thousands.
- Jared Diamond

Lest those islands still seem to you too remote in
space and time to be relevant to our modern societies,
just think about the risks...
of our increasing globalization and increasing worldwide
economic interdependence.
- Jared Diamond

The broadest pattern of history - namely,
the differences between human societies on different continents -
seems to me to be attributable to differences among
continental environments,
and not to biological differences among peoples themselves.
- Jared Diamond

Technology causes problems as well as solves problems.
Nobody has figured out a way to ensure that,
as of tomorrow, technology won't create problems.
Technology simply means increased power,
which is why we have the global problems we face today.
- Jared Diamond

The southward advance of native African farmers with
Central African crops halted in Natal,
beyond which Central African crops couldn't grow -
with enormous consequences for the recent history of South Africa.
- Jared Diamond

The main thing that gives me hope is the media.
We have radio, TV, magazines, and books,
so we have the possibility of learning from societies that are remote from us,
like Somalia.
We turn on the TV and see what blew up in Iraq or we
see conditions in Afghanistan.
- Jared Diamond

Infectious diseases introduced with Europeans,
like smallpox and measles, spread from one Indian tribe to another,
far in advance of Europeans themselves,
and killed an estimated 95% of the New World's Indian population.
- Jared Diamond

We study the injustices of history for the same reason that we study genocide,
and for the same reason that psychologists study the
minds of murderers and rapists...
to understand how those evil things came about.
- Jared Diamond

I decided that now is the time to start doing the things
that really interest me and I find important.
It was in the 10 years of the MacArthur grant that
I began working on my first book...
and I began putting more work into environmental history.
- Jared Diamond

AIDS and malaria and TB are national security issues.
A worldwide program to get a start on dealing with
these issues would cost about $25 billion...
It's, what, a few months in Iraq.
- Jared Diamond

Twenty years ago, you might have been pessimistic and said there's no hope.
But these days, some of our very biggest companies
are acting remarkably cleanly.
And in some cases, although not all cases,
the CEOs are the driving forces behind that.
- Jared Diamond

Introspection and preserved writings give us far more
insight into the ways of past humans than we have into
the ways of past dinosaurs.
For that reason, I'm optimistic that we can eventually
arrive at convincing explanations for these broadest
patterns of human history.
- Jared Diamond

It's striking that Native Americans evolved no devastating
epidemic diseases to give to Europeans,
in return for the many devastating epidemic diseases
that Indians received from the Old World.
- Jared Diamond

Thousands of years ago, humans domesticated every possible
large wild mammal species fulfilling all those criteria and worth domesticating,
with the result that there have been no valuable additions
of domestic animals in recent times,
despite the efforts of modern science.
- Jared Diamond

Some people have much more pull than other people.
But when I say that the public has ultimate responsibility,
I'm not saying it in a moral sense.
I'm just saying it in the sense of what is it that's
really going to bring change.
- Jared Diamond

Starbucks goes to a great effort, and pays twice as
much for its coffee as its competitors do,
and is very careful to help coffee producers in developing
countries grow coffee without pesticides and in ways
that preserve forest structure.
- Jared Diamond

Federal elections happen every two years in this country.
Presidential elections every four years.
And four years just isn't long enough to dismantle
all the environmental laws we've got in this country.
- Jared Diamond

The United States has long thought of itself as the land of infinite plenty,
and historically we did have abundant resources.
But now we are gradually exhausting our fisheries,
our topsoil, our water.
On top of that, we're coming to the end of world resources.
- Jared Diamond

Measles and TB evolved from diseases of our cattle,
influenza from a disease of pigs, and smallpox possibly
from a disease of camels.
The Americas had very few native domesticated animal
species from which humans could acquire such diseases.
- Jared Diamond

The rate of human invention is faster,
and the rate of cultural loss is slower,
in areas occupied by many competing societies with
many individuals and in contact with societies elsewhere.
- Jared Diamond

Technology is a gift of God.
After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts.
It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences.
- Freeman Dyson

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations,
for Nature cannot be fooled.
- Richard P. Feynman

The march of science and technology does not imply
growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people.
It often means the opposite.
- Thomas Sowell

Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that
we don't have to experience it.
- Max Frisch

Technology...
is a queer thing.
It brings you great gifts with one hand,
and it stabs you in the back with the other.
- Carrie P. Snow

What new technology does is create new opportunities
to do a job that customers want done.
- Tim O'Reilly

Technology is making gestures precise and brutal,
and with them men.
- Theodor Adorno

The system of nature, of which man is a part,
tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting,
self-cleansing.
Not so with technology.
- E. F. Schumacher

I have an almost religious zeal...
not for technology per se, but for the Internet which is for me,
the nervous system of mother Earth, which I see as a living creature,
linking up.
- Dan Millman

The research rat of the future allows experimentation
without manipulation of the real world.
This is the cutting edge of modeling technology.
- John Spencer

The telephone is a 100-year-old technology.
It's time for a change.
Charging for phone calls is something you did last century.
- Niklas Zennstrom

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology.
The fog of information can drive out knowledge.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke

If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence,
our servant may prove to be our executioner.
- Omar N. Bradley

We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial
elements profoundly depend on science and technology.
- Carl Sagan

The Internet is a telephone system that's gotten uppity.
- Clifford Stoll

Microsoft is engaging in unlawful predatory practices
that go well beyond the scope of fair competition.
- Orrin Hatch

Doing linear scans over an associative array is like
trying to club someone to death with a loaded Uzi.
- Larry Wall

Cyberspace.
A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators,
in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts.
- William Gibson

What's sort of interesting about the whole public relations
disaster that is the Net,
in some ways, is that the fundamentals are really good.
- Meg Whitman

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to
needing what I've invented.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I think it is inevitable that people program poorly.
Training will not substantially help matters.
We have to learn to live with it.
- Alan Perlis

It may not always be profitable at first for businesses to be online,
but it is certainly going to be unprofitable not to be online.
- Esther Dyson

The 'Net is a waste of time, and that's exactly what's right about it.
- William Gibson

There are three roads to ruin; women,
gambling and technicians.
The most pleasant is with women, the quickest is with gambling,
but the surest is with technicians.
- Georges Pompidou

We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace.
May it be more humane and fair than the world your
governments have made before.
- John Perry Barlow

What the country needs are a few labor-making inventions.
- Arnold H. Glasow

Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels,
levers and springs, and believes it civilization.
- Ambrose Bierce

Just as we could have rode into the sunset,
along came the Internet, and it tripled the significance of the PC.
- Andy Grove

The only thing that I'd rather own than Windows is English,
because then I could charge you two hundred and forty-nine
dollars for the right to speak it.
- Scott McNealy

The first rule of any technology used in a business
is that automation applied to an efficient operation
will magnify the efficiency.
The second is that automation applied to an inefficient
operation will magnify the inefficiency.
- Bill Gates

For my confirmation, I didn't get a watch and my first pair of long pants,
like most Lutheran boys.
I got a telescope.
My mother thought it would make the best gift.
- Wernher von Braun


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