About : Philippe Legrain. I’m an independent writer, commentator, consultant, and public speaker based in London but interested in the whole world. To put it another way, I’m a thinker and a communicator. I write primarily about global economic issues – notably globalisation, migration and the post-crisis world – but through my blog and my contributions to the Guardian’s Comment is Free I also range more widely. I’m fascinated by how economics, politics and culture combine to form the big picture and how the world is coming together through globalisation while becoming ever more diverse through cultural mixing and individual choice.
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"Once upon a time there was an old woman. Blind but wise. " Or was it an old man? China's hidden wealth: China’s well-hidden, ill-gotten gains.
Will Wright makes toys that make worlds. Go virtual young man « Seeker Blog. A fascinating little essay by mathematician Eric Weinstein in the Edge commentaries “How Has The Internet Changed The Way You Think?”
Especially this bit on Grigori Perelman’s solution to the Poincare Conjecture: (…) Consider the award in 2006 of the Fields medal (the highest prize in mathematics) for a solution of the Poincare Conjecture. Jugaad: Questions for Santosh Ostwal. The Evolution of Sharing. Sharing isn't unique to humans but we seem to do it a lot more than any other mammals.
Some combination of intrinsic altruism, on-the-spot cost-benefit calculus, and perhaps the routine abstractions we subconsciously employ to reconfigure our internal reward systems has positioned us to be exceptional at sharing all manner of things. So much so, it seems, that we've constructed a global web of technologies whose function seems to be primarily adapted to the simple, rapid, and non-local giving and receiving of ideas, emotions, experiences, templates, tools, and just about every other aspect of the human experience.
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