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Explain the reasons that, according to Guns, Germs, and Steel, promote an invention's acceptance by a society.    

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The answer to this can be found in Chapter 13.  There (p. 247-8 in the paperback edition), Diamond lists four factors that influence acceptance.  They are:

  • Relative economic advantage.  In other words, does the new technology really work a lot better than what you already have?
  • Social value and prestige.  Diamond argues, for example, that the Japanese have not adopted the use of Roman letters because they feel that their writing system is more prestigious.
  • Compatibility with vested interests.  If major interests in a society would be harmed by an invention, it can be rejected.
  • Whether the advantages are obvious.  If the benefits of an invention can be easily seen, it is more likely to be adopted.
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