The thesis of Guns, Germs and Steel in one graph

Via Gapminder, I’ve created a simple graph of distance north of the equator and (log) per-capita income of different countries. Now, Jared Diamond is quick to point out that he is not advocating a crude form of geographical determinism. Likewise, feedback loops and cultural/institutional factors (which I believe Diamond underestimates the importance of) make simple correlations like this hardly more than an inadequate starting point. However, graphing the relationship is a good place to start, and it gave me an excuse to play around with Gapminder.

Note: I put income on the vertical axis as it is Diamond’s contention that wealth is caused in some fashion by geographical locations. Clearly, the argument could not be made in the other direction.



~ by danplechaty on September 14, 2010.

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