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Jared Diamond discusses his book, "The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal." The book encompasses the history of evolution from the Neanderthals, "tree of human life," and "last first contact." He writes that humans are 98% gene related to the chimpanzees. Diamond views "last first contact" as the last small groups of people in the Amazon and New Guinea coming into contact with modern civilization. The book is written from the science and human emotional perspective. He writes about genocide and dealing with it from a first person perspective. Diamond got this perspective dealing with the last of the tribal genocide in New Guinea. He discusses quotes from American generals and presidents regarding the genocide of the American Indians. An example of this is a quote from George Washington: "the immediate objectives are the total destruction of their (Indian) settlements, it will be essential to ruin their crops in the ground and prevent them from planting more." Diamond writes that the potential for genocide lies within all of us, and that it only takes circumstances to bring it out. He uses the war in Yugoslavia in the 1990s as an example of this. He says that genocide is an animal trait derived from chimpanzees and gorillas. Diamond's interview ends at the pause at the end of the interview.
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U-matic tape: Excerpt of show with Martinson interviewing Jared Diamond before commercial break and John O'Neil after the break. U-matic tape: Date on case front cover: 1/13/93. Date on video cassette: 1/13/93.