Environmental Determinism: Tropical climates cause laziness and promiscuity

Environmental Determinism: Tropical climates cause laziness and promiscuity

The basic argument of environmental determinists was that aspects of physical geography, particularly climate, influenced the psychological temperament of individuals, which in turn shaped the culture and society that those individuals formed. For example, tropical climates were said to cause laziness and promiscuity, while the frequent weather changes of the middle latitudes led to sharpened intellects. Because these environmental influences operate slowly on human biology, it was important to trace the migrations of groups to see what environmental conditions they had evolved under.

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