Re: Is globalization killing local culture?
What do you mean by "local culture"? Is culture something that, like obscenity, one can't define but knows when one sees it? But I assume your definition is more explicit: art, language, customs. Although I have a hard time trying to imagine a Texan wearing a kimono, I know a Texan who eats sushi, so maybe bigger changes aren't far off. But, whatever happens, I don't think they will be "bland" - because communities have always adopted new ideas and incorporated them into their existing way of life in unique ways. Take Mayan people for instance, who adopted some of the symbolism of Catholic Christianity, but wove it into their existing belief system in ways that would make it almost unrecognizable, say, to a Catholic from Boston. Globalization isn't covering everything with a beige blanket. What's more, increasingly, some people (and peoples) are fighting back!
What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
An ordained Lama in a Tibetan Buddhist lineage, Lama Rod grew up a queer, black male within the black Christian church in the American south. Navigating all of these intersecting, evolving identities has led him to a life's work based on compassion for self and others.
- "What I'm interested in is deep, systematic change. What I understand now is that real change doesn't happen until change on the inside begins to happen."
- "Masculinity is not inherently toxic. Patriarchy is toxic. We have to let that energy go so we can stop forcing other people to do emotional labor for us."
We were gaining three IQ points per decade for many, many years. Now, that's going backward. Could this explain some of our choices lately?
There's a new study out of Norway that indicates our—well, technically, their—IQs are shrinking, to the tune of about seven IQ points per generation.
Here's why generalists triumph over specialists in the new era of innovation.
- Since the explosion of the knowledge economy in the 1990s, generalist inventors have been making larger and more important contributions than specialists.
- One theory is that the rise of rapid communication technologies allowed the information created by specialists to be rapidly disseminated, meaning generalists can combine information across disciplines to invent something new.
- Here, David Epstein explains how Nintendo's Game Boy was a case of "lateral thinking with withered technology." He also relays the findings of a fascinating study that found the common factor of success among comic book authors.
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