UCLA Spotlight




Jared Diamond, linguist, molecular physiologist, bio-geographer, etc.

  • Published Mar 1, 2005 8:00 AM

Jared Diamond's books debunk some cherished misconceptions. Guns, Germs and Steel demolishes the idea that Europeans are inherently superior to other peoples. And Collapse challenges the belief that technology alone can save the environment.

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Guns, Germs and Steel [2 minutes, 4 seconds] Meet UCLA professor Jared Diamond and learn about the inspiration for his best-seller.


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The Maya [2 minutes, 4 seconds] Societies reach their peak slowly, but collapse quickly – as illustrated by the Maya.



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Collapse [1 minute, 5 seconds] In his newest book, Diamond talks about “time bombs with a 50-year fuse.”



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RwandaRwanda [2 minutes, 5 seconds] Diamond talks about the problems that set the stage for genocide.



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Montana [1 minute, 57 seconds] Glacier National Park without any glaciers? That’s what Diamond fears in Montana.



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Why act now? [1 minute, 50 seconds] Diamond is cautiously optimistic about the world his children will inherit.



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Easter Island [3 minutes, 12 seconds] First the people destroyed the trees, then each other.


Video excerpts from “Hot Type,” hosted by Evan Solomon, Canadian Broadcasting Company