The New Globalization

The first day of Summer School. History. The professor tells us that our course will study some major themes in the history of the world, from 1500. The first theme will be a deeper understanding of an old story……globalization. Today, in Germany, thousands of progressive elements will attack police, throw fire bombs, destroy shops, and generally terrorize the city as they protest the evil forces of globalization. Without making any reference to today’s events in far-away Europe, he has reminded us of the sweep of time, and the of narrowness of our own, sometimes, uninformed view of the world. To blame the governments of the modern world for the imposition of this evil force does seem somewhat narrow minded, but perhaps my understanding of the process will undergo a transformation in the next few weeks.

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“Life’s hard, son. It’s harder when you’re stupid.” — The Duke.

Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage. - Joseph Addison
The term informavore (also spelled informivore) characterizes an organism that consumes information. It is meant to be a description of human behavior in modern information society, in comparison to omnivore, as a description of humans consuming food. George A. Miller [1] coined the term in 1983 as an analogy to how organisms survive by consuming negative entropy (as suggested by Erwin Schrödinger [2]). Miller states, "Just as the body survives by ingesting negative entropy, so the mind survives by ingesting information. In a very general sense, all higher organisms are informavores." - Wikipedia

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