Culturomics Just a Tool?
The analysis of hundreds of billions of words in Google Books brings quantitative corpus research into a new phase. Is Culturomics a new field or just a new tool, the author asks.
Humanities scholars may someday count as a watershed the paper that appeared on Wednesday in Science, titled "Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books." But they'll have certain things to get past before they can appreciate that. ...A lot of scholars have reservations about studying literature en bloc, mindful of Seneca's admonition that distrahit animum librorum multitudo, or loosely, "Too many books spoil the prof." And they're apprehensive about the prospect of turning literary scholarship into an engineering problem. "Some people worry that the effect of these quantitative studies will be to trivialize scholarship."
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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