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background image Tuesday  She made a note that we are in the second half of the semester, and wanted 
to know if the class had any concerns about the material that was covered, 
and understanding the big picture. 
Also, she went over the assignment that was due on Wednesday, March 9 th  at noon on Blackboard. We were asked to locate countries on a map and the 
countries were assigned by last name. All the instructions are underneath 
“assignment” on Blackboard. She recommended making a PowerPoint to 
show your information, and citations are recommended but not required. The 
assignment is worth %10 of our grade. 
We discussed the articles on Blackboard: Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared 
Diamond, The Moon is Dead by Keletso E. Atkins and Elephant States by 
Jacob Shell. She really wants us to read them. 
Guns, Germs and Steel: The setting is in New Guinea. Diamond is asked by a 
black man named Zuly (?), “Why do you white people have cargo but us 
black people have none?” That question inspired Diamond to write this book. 
The base of the explanations he gave was that you are based off of the 
environment you are raised in. Also, he made connections between how food 
production, writing, technology, government and religion are the controls of 
everything. 
The Moon Is Dead: The setting is in South Africa. Atkins focuses on the word 
“Kafir”, a name given to black South Africans that is considered derogatory 
now, but at the time of his research was not. The article researched how 
colonists tried to mold blackness with their white ideals of workmanship. 
Elephant States: The setting is in Burma. Shell studies the relationships 
between elephants and humans (called oozies), and how domestication 
happens. 
These texts all ask the same question: How humans, colonist and white 
people came to dominate the space and place of wherever they were. 
Koppen System – Division of world into climates. As domestication happens, 
it’s more east to west because they are similar in their weather patterns. In 
order to domesticate, you have to provide stability. 
Thursday A review of last class and we were supposed to present our assignment slides
on the countries, but we didn’t get to it. 
We mainly discussed the idea of environmental determinism and the cons of 
the idea. 
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Gives no credit to human effort - Inadvertently racist Environmental determinism is the thought that environment determines 
absolute potential. To counter that, Possibilism is the theory that the 
environment sets certain constraints or limitations, but culture is otherwise 
determined by social conditions. 

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School: Temple University
Department: Geography
Course: Space and Place
Professor: Rickie Sanders
Term: Spring 2016
Tags: space and place, rickie sanders, and Temple University
Name: Week of March 8th
Description: These are the classnotes from Tuesday and Thursday of March 8th, 2016.
Uploaded: 03/10/2016
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