55. Columbus, Colonialism and Climate Change with Charles C. Mann
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David speaks with Charles C. Mann, an acclaimed science writer and author of the bestselling books 1491, 1493, and The Wizard and the Prophet.

They talked about:

  • How Christopher Columbus’ inadvertently wiped out up to 90% of the Native American population.
  • How the humble potato led to European colonialism.
  • The contrasting ideals of technology and environmentalism.
  • The complex relationship between climate change, population growth, and natural energy.
  • How to solve climate change and our energy crisis.

📜Full transcript:

www.theknowledge.io/charlescmann/

📹 Watch on Youtube

https://youtu.be/dSjj_cxwBUU

👤 Connect with Charles:

Twitter: @charlescmann

Books:

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus | https://amzn.to/3mI7Ti6

1493: How Europe's Discovery of the Americas Revolutionized Trade, Ecology and Life on Earth | https://amzn.to/3mN9Aur

The Wizard and the Prophet: Science and the Future of Our Planet | https://amzn.to/3KOuvFL

🗣 Mentioned in the show:

Alfred Crosby | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_W._Crosby

The Columbian Exchange | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbian_exchange

Festival of Moors and Christians of Alcoy | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moors_and_Christians_of_Alcoy

Russell Thornton | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Thornton

Morgan Hausel | https://www.morganhousel.com/

The Psychology of Money | https://amzn.to/41iJgr5

Karl Marx | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Marx

Swahili culture | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swahili_culture

Sasha and the Zamani | https://www.theknowledge.io/issue25/#:~:text=Seasons for everything

Yaqui | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaqui

Fernand Braudel | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernand_Braudel

Daniel Defoe | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Defoe

Boxer Rebellion | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxer_Rebellion

Taiping Rebellion | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiping_Rebellion

Norman Borlaug | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Borlaug

Green Revolution | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Revolution

Stem rust | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stem_rust

William Vogt | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Vogt

Paul Ehrlich | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ehrlich

Road to Survival | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_to_Survival

Ebenezer Howard | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebenezer_Howard

Richard Doll | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Doll

Cochrane | https://www.cochrane.org/

American Chestnut Foundation | https://acf.org/

The Gros Michel Banana | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gros_Michel_banana

Panama disease | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_disease

RuBisCO | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RuBisCO

International Rice Research Institute | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Rice_Research_Institute

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | https://www.gatesfoundation.org/

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