1. Juni 2020

Short Thoughts on Jared Diamond

I’m fascinated! A life full of work, friend and working partner with very different living persons and long time defunct ones. Hard working. I think mostly driven by intense interest. Open. Straight. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond and read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond#Early_life_and_education . His parents had immigrated from Chișinău (deutsch Kischenau) in Bessarabia, a multi-ethnic regionn, see https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/ba/Ethnische_Karte_Bessarabiens_1930.png 
   Jared Diamond liest Thomas Mann original.
   “Self contained” with satchel and red jacket, as I saw him on Youtube. Here, back in 2014 in New York he addressed a young audience. He spoke about his first book and its edition for the young, about ½ hour.

Let me suggest to get a first impression of Jared starting the above video at https://youtu.be/i-TIvvI_bKw?t=381. If the video – one hour – is too long to listen all, go to the Q&A part, that again is interesting to see and hear, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-TIvvI_bKw&feature=youtu.be&t=1924 .
    Dimond fascinates me as a seeker of new ideas, new thoughts; he “drilles down”.

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Thoughts on “Collapse” (2005) – a very personal book of Jaret Diamond, thick (nearly 600 pages), but engaging as every one of his extened thoughts.
   He begins with a peaceful tone: Montana. In the chapter “Montana and me” he tells us: “My father was a pediatrician” (Kinderarzt); Louis Klein Diamond immigrated 1904 to the US as “physician from Chișinău (Bessarabia)” (Wikipedia). He died 1999 aged 97. Jared’s grandfather was Eliezer Dimant.
   Western Montans’s wide valleys, surrounded by mountains, under an endless sky, can’t even be found in the Alps, Jared says. True. Still I think of the Bavarian view from Irschenberg into the Inn valley. And of my nine years at a boarding school at the Northern rim of the Alps, where the Tiroler Ache exits the Alps.
Wilparting. Blick vom Irschenberg auf die Berge

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