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Countries for winners; countries for losers

Countries for winners; countries for losers

We all, naturally, want to be winners. And so, consequently, a great many countries are designed to reward winners. These are the countries that pay a good deal of attention to optimising the conditions of life available to people who win. In such lands, if one is a winner and falls ill, the hospitals are […]

PHILOSOPHY – Plato

PHILOSOPHY – Plato

Athens, 2400 years ago. It’s a compact place: only about a quarter of a million people live here. There are fine baths, theatres, temples, shopping arcades and gymnasiums It’s warm for more than half the year. This is also home to the world’s first true – and probably greatest – philosopher: Plato Born into a […]

Why Humanity Destroyed Itself

Why Humanity Destroyed Itself

One day, if human civilisation ever wipes itself out, aliens or one of our successors will cast an eye on our ruined planet, and ask themselves what ever happened to. Their answer might look a little like this. The root cause won’t be the specific catastrophe, conflict or devastation that eradicates us; the problem will […]

How to Make an Attractive City

How to Make an Attractive City

كيف نصنع مدن جذابة المدن لها أهمية كبيرة بشكل عام، كلنا بحاجة للعيش فيهم يجب علينا أن نسعى بشكل دؤب لنحسن بنائهم هناك عدد قليل من المدن على مايرام قليلة جداً .. جداً من الآف المدن هي المدن الجميلة بحق بشكل مخجل، المدن الأكثر جاذبية تيمل إلى القِدم شئ غريب لأننا أفضل بصناعة الآشياء الآن […]

Why Some Countries Are Poor and Others Rich

Why Some Countries Are Poor and Others Rich

هناك ١٩٦ دولة في العالم، ٢٥ منها غنية جداً حيث متوسط الدخل للشخص الواحد يتخطى ١٠٠،٠٠ $ في السنة هي: لكن هناك الكثير من الدول الفقيرة، و بعضها نعتبرها هنا شديدة الفقر هذه أكثر دول العالم فقراً: حيث متوسط دخل الشخص تحت الـ١.٠٠٠ $ في السنة، أو ٣ $ يومياً كل دول العالم في طريقها […]

Art is Advertising for What We Really Need

Art is Advertising for What We Really Need

At the centre of our societies is a hugely inventive force dedicated to nudging us towards a heightened appreciation of certain aspects of the world. With enormous skill, it throws into relief the very best sides of particular places and objects. It uses wordsmiths and image makers of near genius, who can create deeply inspiring […]