Population streams: globalization results in liquefaction


11 Responses to “Population streams: globalization results in liquefaction”

  1. Paul Renault says:

    Hear! Hear! 

    I don’t recall how I stumbled upon Venkat’s blog some years ago, but Ribbonfarm IS on my must-read list.

  2. OgilvyTheAstronomer says:

    Anything that contributes to the erosion of the nation state is a good thing in my book. I wish I could remember the name of the philosopher who said “Nationalism is a disease, and travel is the cure”.

    • Teirhan says:

      i tried to do a search; apparently it is a (famous) Spanish author, and the exact quote is “Nationalism is a disease that is cured by traveling”.  However, I was unable to find out who this quote is actually attributable to.  D:

  3. autark says:

    am I missing something? where is the “Map” in the linked to post?

  4. ycleptShawn says:

    How is this more than a bunch of people who have the same idea and some time on their hands?  Like people who traveled to Europe after college, or people who become ski bums for a time.  Lots of big words, but I’m not sure what to make of this.  

    • trefecta says:

      Quantified, that is: broken down to a smaller recognizable part, it IS just a bunch of people and a ‘cultural concept’, but as a larger system it is is a liquid. I don’t know how profound this finding is, as I’m not sure what systems AREN’T liquids at a ‘macro’ enough scale, other than dead ones.

      At large enough scales, I’m sure everything becomes ‘gas-like’.

  5. Amelia_G says:

    I wonder what Bruce Chatwin might have said about this type of nomadism. “Solvitur ambulando,” it is solved by walking.

  6. eli laztanguren says:

    Well, philosopher Zygmunt Bauman has been talking about “liquid modernity” for a while. 

  7. Phil Fot says:

    After spending several years in a combat zone, it’s not uncommon among soldiers to desire some stress-free time. Being intoxicated and away from physical danger goes a long way towards avoiding permanent mental damage.

    Too bad smoking marijuana and hash is illegal. It would go a long way towards helping people return to a normal life.

  8. balgair says:

    From  Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri (1999):
    “As distances vanish and the people can flowfreely from place to place, society will cross a psychological specificheat boundary and enter a new state. No longer a solid or liquid, we have become as a vapor and will expand to fill all available space. And like a gas, we shall not be easily contained.-Sister Miriam Godwinson”

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