The Evolution of Religions: A Talk by Jared Diamond

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Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs & Steel (and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed), offers a lecture at USC where he gets into the universal attributes of religions and their underlying adaptive value/social purpose. The talk runs about 41 minutes, followed by a long Q&A session.

For those looking for more academic lectures, I should remind you of the recent launch of YouTube EDU and Academic Earth, plus our large collection of free university courses.

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