[ExI] States

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Mon Dec 17 23:27:32 UTC 2018

On Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 2:32 PM  "Robert G Kennedy III, PE"
<robot at ultimax.com> wrote:


> If you read books like Diamond's, then you're probably going to
> encounter William McNeil's /Plagues and Peoples/ (1976), and Zinsser's
> /Rats Lice & History/ (1935, 1960).
> Which is my way of suggesting that we all should consider the role of
> disease, too.

Of course.  But disease is stochastic.  My claim is that humans going
to war is mechanistic.  Something has to keep the population in
ecological balance with the resources.  If random diseases don't do
it, the humans must.


> Zinsser wrote "disease was the single most significant
> military factor for all human history" a phrase that stuck with me ever
> since I read it.
> RGK3

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