Friday Aug 22, 2008

Europe optimal fragmentation

In his book "Guns, Germs ans Steel" afterword, Jared Diamond compares China unity and Europe fragmentation. Two excerpts:

"Europe's barriers were sufficient to prevent political unification, but insufficient to halt the spread of technologies and ideas. There has never been one despot who could turn off the tap for all of Europe, as of China.

"Optimal fragmentation  principle: innovation proceeds more rapidly in a society with some optimal intermediate degree of fragmentation: a too unified society is at a disavantage, and so is a too fragmented society"

Just have a look at an Eurasian map and compare it to China:

Europe map

So keep our differences, share our best practices and use a friendly version of Germs, the internet, as a viral mean for diffusion of our ideas :=) 

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