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    Diamond doesn't make the tropical/temperate dichotomy really, his thesis is much more complex than that (contiguous landmasses, metals, available wild plant/animal species and more). He'd be the first to point out the Maya as an example of his thesis (corn et al).

    Nor does he discount political-economic factors.

    And I'd say that ignoring the environmental influences and root causes of culture and politics is also and that the problem of looking only at political-economic issues instead of the  environmental is ignoring the fact that humans are animals and our history strongly influenced by the environment we find ourselves in.

    The point isn't that our environment determines the outcome, but that rather the effect on the outcome is huge and that ignoring it does not allow us to make adjustments rationally.

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