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http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=052506F

"Economists are probably also more open to immigration than the typical member of the public because of their ethics -- while economists may be known for assuming self-interested behavior wherever they look, economists in their work tend not to distinguish between us and them."

http://rfmcdpei.livejournal.com/408410.html

2 year old analysis of France, Muslims, and demographics, debunking the "sharia in Europe" claims.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diptych
Medieval PDA!

http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displaystory.cfm?story_id=5323762
The Economist, analyzing French anti-Americanism and saying it's because we're so alike.

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lyceum_arabica
May. 29th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
ok, the medieval pda thing is kinda awesome.
...i've always wondered if people vary more by ethnicity and locale, personality, urbanization, or era... i mean, it's probably an unanswerable question, even if you were omnesciant, it's presumably not defined well enough. but it's interesting to think about. how much are new yorkers like citizens of ancient rome? how much are the english like how the english always were? etc...

when we were driving around the country we noticed a personailty difference between states, that seemed, as near as we could tell, to be highly dependent on how the states were settled. gold diggers crossed the oregon trail to CA, farmers crossed it to OR, and other people stayed home in the midwest. i think it acted like a filter, to an extent... certainly OR seemed more pragmatic, as a whole, than CA. and both seemed to be populated by fairly ambitious, independent people. (shrugs)
mindstalk
May. 29th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
some related links
On US regions:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Nations_of_North_America

http://www.garreau.com/main.cfm?action=book&id=3

On the past like us:
Roman graffiti

The Vindolanda tablets are some (thrown away) letters from Roman soldiers in Britain back home. Mentions birthday party invitations and requests for underwear.

I've seen a claim that Roman society was essentially literate, though also disputations of that. I don't know how "like us" pre-Greek society is; I've seen stuff talking about priest-dominated societies, handing out food, no markets before agoras. OTOH, I think the Code of Hammurabi addresses concerns we'd recognize. But I haven't studied this much.
mindstalk
May. 29th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
Re: some related links
Better Vindolanda link; I hadn't read the first thing thoroughly, it just has a paragraph near the end.
mindstalk
May. 29th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
Re: some related links
http://chnm.gmu.edu/worldhistorysources/r/209/whm.html
says the soldiers were Germans (in the Roman army), no less.
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