Saturday, June 16, 2012

Geographic axes and cultural diversity

One interesting PNAS tested and provided evidence for  Diamond's theory of "continental axis."   That is, continents that span narrower bands of latitude have less variation in climate, biodiversity etc, which results in less culture and ideas.  In this paper, the researchers used language persistence as a proxy for cultural diversity and analyses the percentage of historically indigenous languages that remain in use in 147 countries today relative to their shape...

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