Dr. Jared Diamond, the author of Guns, Germs and Steel and an upcoming book on tribal societies, stopped by Lavin’s Toronto offices today. Last night, he delivered a speech at the Royal Ontario Museum to a capacity crowd of well over a thousand people. Sporting a stylish red blazer, the Pulitzer Prize-winner and “celebrity” scientist talked to us about what we can learn from tribal societies and discussed the role of geography in determining human rights. Though he’s a serious academic, Dr. Diamond was delightful and hilarious in person. At one point, he stopped an anecdote on tribal education to riff on lackadaisical teenagers and California stereotypes. He’s articulate, he’s funny, he’s personable, and he can call upon thousands of years of history at a second’s notice. If only all scientists were this engaging!
(Above, Dr. Jared Diamond with David Lavin, president of The Lavin Agency)