In Chapter 11, Diamond draws on conclusions that he made in previous sections. What are they and is he persuasive?Farmers transmit more powerful germs than hunter-gatherers, from ch. 11 of Guns,...

In Chapter 11, Diamond draws on conclusions that he made in previous sections. What are they and is he persuasive?

Farmers transmit more powerful germs than hunter-gatherers,

from ch. 11 of Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Diamond does say, in the second paragraph of this chapter, that farmers have more powerful germs than hunter-gatherers.  But that is not the conclusion that he has already made.  That is what he is going to try to explain in this chapter.

This chapter really only draws on one conclusion -- the idea that food production arose in a few places and spread out from those places at unequal rates.  He is assuming that fact and will now talk about why food production leads to stronger germs.

I think that it is beyond dispute that agriculture arose in a few places and spread out from there.  But I can't really say why he is persuasive without going over all the points from Chapters 4 thru 10.

I wonder if I'm understanding your question correctly, because I doubt you are really supposed to say whether you agree with all of those chapters right here.  Let me know if you want more help...

krishna-agrawala | Student

In chapter 11 of Germs, Guns and Steel, titled "Lethal Gifts of Livestock", Diamond discusses the causes of spread and effects of infectious diseases on people. In particular he discusses the difference in vulnerability of hunter gatherers versus farmers to crowd diseases that take the form of epidemics.

In writing this chapter Diamond, uses the understanding of the nature of life of hunter gatherers and farmers built in earlier sections. However, it will not be quite appropriate to describe this link with earlier sections of the book as drawing upon the conclusions drawn. The information from earlier sections used in this chapters is more in nature of descriptions of the reality rather than logical conclusions.

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