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A rare insight into Kowloon Walled City | Mail Online
Once thought to be the most densely populated place on Earth, with 50,000 people crammed into only a few blocks, these fascinating pictures give a rare insight into the lives of those who lived Kowloon Walled City. Taken by Canadian photographer Greg Girard in collaboration with Ian Lamboth the pair spent five years familiarising themselves with the notorious Chinese city before it was demolished in 1992. The city was a phenomenon with 33,000 families and businesses living in more than 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, all constructed without contributions from a single architect […] and ungoverned by Hong Kong’s health and safety regulations.
location  history  anthropology  ! 
april 2014 by ap
Re: Current Issues with perlipc.pod – should they be fixed? | karl williamson @ perl5-porters
demerphq wrote:
> I bet there is a cuneiform tablet out there in some desert somewhere
> basically saying “These upstart kids have no respect and no clue”…. :-)

I hope that I will not otherwise be drawn to commenting on this thread other than to confirm that indeed, in the earliest known writing, Sumerian, (at least as of when I heard about this 50 years ago) that a common theme was that the world was in precipitous decline. (Another that I remember was kids at boarding school writing home about missing mom’s cooking in comparison with the awful stuff they were getting fed there.)
history  society  culture  anthropology  :fullquote  ! 
january 2011 by ap
What Makes Us Happy? | The Atlantic
Most psychology preoccupies itself with mapping the heavens of health in sharp contrast to the underworld of illness. “Social anxiety disorder” is distinguished from shyness. Depression is defined as errors in cognition. Vaillant’s work, in contrast, creates a refreshing conversation about health and illness as weather patterns in a common space. “Much of what is labeled mental illness,” Vaillant writes, “simply reflects our ‘unwise’ deployment of defense mechanisms. If we use defenses well, we are deemed mentally healthy, conscientious, funny, creative, and altruistic. If we use them badly, the psychiatrist diagnoses us ill, our neighbors label us unpleasant, and society brands us immoral.”
psychology  anthropology  health  philosophy  inspirational  ! 
march 2010 by ap
Would the real social network please stand up? | danah boyd
Your mother may play a significant role in your personal network but, behaviourally, your strongest tie might be the person who works in the cube next to you. And neither of these folks might be links on your Facebook for any number of reasons. […] We do ourselves an intellectual disservice when we assume that these different types of networks are interchangeable or that studying one automatically tells us about another.
anthropology  sociology  ! 
september 2009 by ap
Happiness Doesn’t Come in Bottles | Walter J. Freeman
We cannot know the world by direct experience of it [because] an individual brain can only know the little that it can handle through its own body. It turns out that this view is well known to philosophers. It is called solipsism. Many philosophers have been afraid that it is true, but they couldn’t prove it or disprove it. Now neurodynamicists have proven experimentally that it is true. […] Each brain is isolated from all others. No one can truly feel what another person is feeling, though we can empathize through shared experience. […] Where we humans find joy is in surmounting this solipsistic barrier between us and sharing our feelings and comforts. We cannot ever really cross it, but, a bit like neighbours chatting over a fence, we can be together.
psychology  medicine  philosophy  anthropology  inspirational  ! 
september 2009 by ap
Twitter, jazz and moving music forward into the stone age | Ethan Hein
This idea of specialist musicians performing preset works for a passive audience seems to me to be a peculiar and unnatural aberration, a quirk of our present circumstances very much at odds with our emotional needs. [...] So when I read about Tin Pan responding in real time to messages from the audience, I get excited. [...] But so in the present world we’re doomed to mostly interact with strangers, or shallow acquaintances at best.
anthropology  participatory  music  history  ! 
february 2009 by ap
What Does Blogspace Look Like? | Aaron Swartz
I’ve been analyzing the content of blogs lately, looking for patterns. […] I’ve finally got some results. And they’re stunning. Ladies and gentlemen, the blogosphere:
weblogging  web  longtail  sociology  anthropology  visualisation  amusing  ! 
july 2006 by ap

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