Lauren Herndon Anthropology 101 September 25, 2009 “Guns, Germs, and Steel” Response Paper “ Guns, Germs, and Steel” is a PBS documentary concerning Jared Diamond's theory on why there is such disparity between those who have advanced technology and those who still live primitively. His main point is that this occurred not because of racial differences in intelligence, etc. but rather because of environmental differences and it was this disparity that brought about the acquisition of guns and steel and the changes brought about by germs. However, before a civilization reaches this stage, he argues that a society’s source of protein is the foundation of where all societal differences take place. Throughout the documentary, Diamond emphasizes the importance of development of "food production", a term he uses to describe the domestication of wild animals and plants and their improvement for human purposes through selection of favorable mutations, etc. He describes the benefits of animal domestication and herding over hunter-gathering and shows that
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