I just started listening to the audiobook Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond.
I find it fascinating. And then I read this post that claims it’s all mumbo jumbo (I’m paraphrasing).
This reminds me that it’s the people who tell the best stories that are remembered, not the ones that are right.
Which isn’t to say that Diamond is wrong of course.
And then we have Malcolm Gladwell’s story in “Tipping Point” about how the broken windows theory was part of the reason New York crime went down in the ’90s.
And later Freakonomics author Steven Levitt says it was Roe vs Wade.
I was surprised to see that Gladwell actually wrote a glowing commendation on Levitt’s dust cover. And they’re both good storytellers.
I guess I should just be glad there are lots of good storytellers. And hopefully, some of them even get the story right.