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Kenneth Rogoff
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  • SOCIETY, History, PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition

    Pam Weintraub, "Haunted by history"

    AEOn Magazine - 16 Apr 2018

    Aeon psychology and health editor makes a fascinating point: what if war, famine and persecution - that inflict profound changes on bodies and brains - could trigger changes that persist over generations? The notion that we inherit the legacy of our ancestors, not just their wealth and facial features, is hardly new, but recent research in epigenetic trauma shows that induced epigenetic trans-generational inheritance can be observed in plants, insects, fish, birds, rodents, pigs and humans (reads in 12-15 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 21 April 2018

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  • SOCIETY, History

    Jamie Bartlett, "Return of the city-state"

    AEON Magazine - 5 Sep 2017

    The director at Demos (a think-tank) offers a provocative argument (and a lot of food for thought in the process): “Nation-states came late to history, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest they won’t make it to the end of the century.” He asserts that a world without countries is possible as nation-states are increasingly out of step. This conviction is based on the premise that if a nation cannot defend or control its border, it ceases to exist in any meaningful way. What will replace nation-states? The city-state looks like the best contender (reads in 8-10 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 15 September 2017

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  • SOCIETY, History, PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition

    Oliver Burkman, "Is the world really better than ever?"

    The Guardian - 28 Jul 2017

    An increasingly influential group of thinkers - “The New Optimists” - insists that humankind has never had it so good. The facts and the data vindicate their position, but should we assume that the situation will continue to improve? This article sheds some interesting light on this fundamental question and the arguments of the opposite camp who worry that the world we have created is so complex, volatile and unpredictable that catastrophe might befall us at any moment. Dense and rich – reads in 12-16 min.

    Published in Weekly selection 4 August 2017

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