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What Evolution Teaches Us About Humanity’s Grim Future: A Conversation With Jared Diamond

“How did I convince my beautiful wife to marry me?” asked America’s best-known geographer, Jared Diamond.

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The Religious Right Is Resuscitating Dead Diseases

Thanks to certain communities’ fear of vaccines, illnesses such as the measles, which had been wiped out for decades in America, have come back into existence. This resurgence of diseases is dangerous for a number of reasons, the first being that a lot of doctors and nurses are no longer trained to treat or look out for them.

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Looking for Great ‘Big History’ Books

My late friend Ron Silver, the actor and political activist, once asked me a question that I have continued to think about ever since. On the afternoon of his last New Year’s Eve, when he surprised me by coming to California, he wanted to know if I had found any great “big history” books.

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