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Comment Re:Evolution Determines Intelligence (Score 2, Insightful) 190

Look at Japan. It has a tiny fraction of the natural resources of Africa. Yet, the Japanese people created the 2nd-richest nation on the planet.

My history may be way off but:

Didn't the Japanese move there recently (evolutionary timescale) from the mainland? There wouldn't be enough time for evolution to make an equivalent difference. Modern (same timescale) cultures can offset a lack in resources easily. After overcoming that hurdle, a small land mass can be a blessing for a country's development. One example is how much better their connectivity is because they don't need to span a country the size of the US.

Are both ends of the spectrum the best for a country's development? US = huge = tons of resources, japan = small = needs less resources. (I realize that there might be a lower limit to this, making this not work for tiny countries. There are also other factors that have led to Japan's success)

Comment Re:Dear lord, this is horrible... (Score 1) 83

Just try walking in the mall as all 100,000 posters located in random locations start talking all at once

There are laws to keep this from happening. It is already very easy to add a small speaker to posters to do this kind of thing. (Remember the Big Mouth Billy Bass) People would throw a fit and get such things taken down if they ever got to be so annoying... quit over-reacting people.

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