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For an audience that may consider the present moment uncritically, Jared Diamond's "The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?" reminds us that in the headlong rush to modernity, much has been lost.Jared Diamond's new book reminds us that in the headlong rush to modernity, much has been lost.

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We seem condemned as a species to drive ourselves and our societies toward extinction, although this moment appears be the denouement to the whole sad show of settled, civilized life that began some 5,000 years ago.We seem condemned as a species to drive ourselves and our societies toward extinction.

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