Guns, Germs, and Steel and DIRT

June 22, 2010 at 1:32 am Leave a comment

If you read Jared Diamond’s famous book and thought that the reason Westerners had so much “cargo” was because of guns, germs, and steel, you should stop and consider a fourth variable: dirt. A recent posting on ScienceNOW claims, “Chad is dirt poor because its dirt is poor. Germany is relatively rich because its dirt is rich.” To learn more about this provocative hypothesis and the scientists behind it, see “Does a Country’s Dirt Determine its Destiny?” (ScienceNOW, May 28, 2010).

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