The World Until Yesterday

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0120130318

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond asks what traditional societies can teach us.

The first of five extracts from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond's powerful new book, that asks what can traditional societies teach us about how we in the west live now?

Drawing upon several decades of experience living and working in Papua New Guinea, Professor Diamond shows how traditional societies can offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for millions of years - until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms - and provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature. Exploring how tribal peoples approach essential human problems, from childrearing to old age to conflict resolution to health, Diamond reminds us that the West achieved global dominance due to specific environmental and technological advantages, but Westerners do not necessarily have superior ideas about how to live well.

Read by Crawford Logan.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

02War And Peace20130319

Jared Diamond asks what the west can learn from traditional societies about war and peace.

Second extract from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond's powerful new book that draws upon his several decades of experience living and working in Papua New Guinea. Professor Diamond argues that traditional societies offer a window onto how our ancestors lived for millions of years - until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms - and can provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature.

Read by Crawford Logan.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

03Childrearing And Discipline20130320

Child rearing and discipline.

Extract from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond's powerful new book that draws upon his several decades of experience living and working in Papua New Guinea. Professor Diamond argues that traditional societies offer a window onto how our ancestors lived for millions of years - until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms - and can provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature.

Read by Crawford Logan.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Jared Diamond compares traditional societies' attitudes to children with those in the west

04Treatment Of The Elderly20130321

What can traditional societies teach us about dealing with an ageing population?

Treatment of the elderly.

Extract from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond's new book which suggests that traditional societies offer us a window onto how our ancestors lived for millions of years - until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms - and can provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature.

Read by Crawford Logan.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

05 LASTDiet And Health20130322

Jared Diamond asks what traditional societies can teach us about living healthier lives.

Extract from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond's powerful new book which suggests that traditional societies offer a window onto how our ancestors lived for millions of years - until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms - and can provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature.

Read by Crawford Logan.

Abridged by Robin Brooks.

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.