Friday, August 25, 2006

The collapse of Collapse

J. Adler writes:
Scientists, archaeologists, and others have begun examining the claims of Jared Diamond's best-selling Collapse, and some are finding that many of his claims do not hold up to serious scrutiny.

For example, Diamond claims that the collapse of the Rapa Nui on Easter Island provides "the clearest example of a society that destroyed itself by overexploiting its own resources." Yet Diamond's account is contradicted by the available archaeological evidence, ...
I have expressed skepticism about Diamond's work in the past. He has broad sweeping theories about things that happened 1000s of years ago in faraway places with no written records, and yet he is dead wrong about things that happened in the USA in the last 50 years. The political correctness of his conclusions are just a little too convenient. He get uncritical praise from the leftist-atheist-evolutionists, and his books have been big sellers. It is about time that he gets some criticism.

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