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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…
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…
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…
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…
Tasmanian history is a study of human isolation unprecedented except in science fiction – namely, complete isolation from other humans for 10,000 years.
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…
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…
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…
No government is here forever. And there are other forces – the most potent force in our society, in fact, big business – doing good…
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…
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…
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…
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…
I’d rather spend my leisure time doing what some people call my work and I call my fun.
Australia is the most isolated continent.
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…
We’re uncomfortable about considering history as a science. It’s classified as a social science, which is considered not quite scientific.
I personally am not conscious of my accent.
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…
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…
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