I've just finished reading his book "The Third Chimpanzee" and found it a great rounded finale after reading two other of his books "Collapse" and "Guns, Germs and Steel", as well as Simon Winchester's "Krakatoa".
Four fine books from scientists (Winchester's background is that as a geologist, even though he has been a journalist/writer most of his adult life) that have a great talent for the written word.
Both are natural teachers, striving to dis-prove Arthur Wichmann's cynical statement "Nothing Learned, and Everything Forgotten".
Tonight I am treating myself; I am going to hear Jared Diamond speak. He's here in Paradise as part of the Celebridée events of our Flower Festival. It should be an educational evening ( in this really kwel tent).
(but oooooo they were sooooo good on my toast)
Post Note: Back from the event. I'm disappointed.
I didn't get anymore out of J.D's lecture than I got out of his books. In fact as he talked, I could see each chapters in "Collapse". I wonder if he was giving his "book tour speech".....
His conclusions I could hear echoing from "The 3rd Chimpanzee".
I don't think it's his fault... I think it's a case of the organizers of the event not really knowing what they wanted to bring to the table (its a new concept for the festival), and being able to draw a name like his.
Oh yes- the venue. It's really nice, but not for this type of forum. The chairs were achingly painful.
*doing a Homer* * aaaaaaaa...Dragon Breath Real Ale (which is still my all time favorite beer beverage) and a bisson burger ( from the herds on Wolfe Island) - aaaaaaa*