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The north-south divide, update

July 20, 2009

A quick google search revealed that my alma mater now refers to the “third world” concentration within the history major as the “the Worlds, Empires, and Encounters concentration”. That’s so typical for a campus that has always been at the vanguard of vacuous political correctness — but I also kind of love it, the serial comma notwithstanding.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2009 8:29 pm

    Worlds? That’s just silly. Was this in anticipation of Buzz Aldrin’s call today to colonize Mars?

  2. Shlomo permalink
    July 21, 2009 11:46 am

    As you imply, the labels are often used to judge the political stance of the users, not to define the subjects they are attached to. It seems like a kind of political “us” vs “them”, “good guys” vs “bad guys”, etc.

    Are the criteria entirely quality of life/economic?

    Infant mortality? Daily caloric intake? Access to safe drinking water? Percentage of girls in school? Per capita GNP?

    What about freedom to assemble? Freedom of the press? Freedom to travel?

    In particle physics there is the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, which says, more or less, that if you know where you are, you can’t know exactly how fast you are going, or how fast you are going if you know exactly where you are.

    Is there an equivalent ‘uncertainty principle’ here?

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