Yali's Question

Summarize Yali's question from Guns, Germs, and Steel.

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Yali, who is Jared’s friend, asked him a question that formed the basis of Jared’s research and development of the book Guns, Germs and Steel. As captured in the prologue, Yali, who is from New Guinea, raised a question as to why Europeans advanced economically while people belonging to his race remained stagnant. Jared then sought to come up with an explanation as to what caused this disparity within the human race.

Jared established that the geographical locations where different people settled coupled with environmental conditions led to gaps in economic advancement within the different groups. He asserts that some groups settled in areas with harsh climates and insufficient animals to domesticate. These groups were then forced into nomadic lifestyles characterized by hunting and gathering with no opportunities for technological advancements. He suggested that those who settled in better geographical areas with better climates lived on agriculture. This settlement presented an...

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