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Yoga Korunta

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26 August 2005

Lessons of Global Warming?

"Which kind of culture would you prefer to get traded to?" Robert Sapolsky ponders a basic dichotomy of two societies in opposing ecosystems. Rain forests and deserts are home to vastly differing societies. Rain forest dwellers tend toward polytheism; desert residents lean towards monotheism.

Forests are lush with much to offer, while deserts teach brutal lessons. Forest men do hard work, while desert women are beasts of burden. Sapolsky's article, "Are the Desert People Winning?", appears in Discover magazine, p. 38, August 2005, Volume 26, No. 8. It is based on Stanford anthropologist Robert Textor's 1967 study A Cross-Cultural Summary.

Especially interesting is the militarism of the desert. At present the Earth is dominated by descendants of the Judeo-Christian/Muslim tribes. Women of the meek may be treated better, but their men still write poetry.

For more see Robert Sapolsky's Monkeyluv: And Other Essays on Our Lives as Animals, Scribner, September 2005.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting view but is it relevant? Neither people of the desert nor rainforest have a developed country to show for it. It did take the Jewish migration back to Israel to turn the desert land into product areas. There has been much written on the North-South development – winter (hard work, saving, planning) vs. tropic (fun, sex and a good time) and Protestant-Catholic development – hardwork, favorite of God (more money more God loves ya), stand on your own 2 feet vs. alms giving, begging, usury.

Let me put it this way – I would rather be from a northern protestant country

Your choice of topic was at least well documented and the information can be checked.

10:48  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

To my knowledge, all societies are ethnocentric. Sapolski makes the point that children of harsh climates seem to be inheriting the Earth. Poor planning results in destruction of rain forests. Though not religious, I am a product of the work ethic.

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Blogger Bryna said...

Yoga,

I just stopped by to check out your site since you stopped by on mine. Interesting subject. I will read on.

Have a nice day! (sorry to hear about that Jagermeister incedent...)

-Bryna

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