Climate Vs Technology QE Discussion 19 March 2017
[Suzanne with extra questions by Thor]
1. core Q: 'Why is it that the worlds greatest advances in technology, social welfare and human rights have been invented and implemented by people's and cultures who live in temperate and colder climes, above and below the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, the Equatorial zones seemingly having the least in all of the above. Do climatic conditions affect the so called advancement of the human species.? '
2. a) What kind of technology is this topic referring to? b) what kind of social welfare? c) what notion of human rights?
3. Do technology, social welfare and human rights actually correlate together with their implementation in nation states?
4. What are examples which seem to support the association of technology, social welfare and human rights with temperate to colder climates.
5. What are examples which seem to contradict the association of technology, social welfare and human rights with temperate to colder climates.
6. Has the distribution of technology, social welfare and human rights actually correlated together with the same set of nation states over historical time?
7. What part have broad cultural and religious practices in various societies played in the implementation of technology, social welfare and human rights?
8. It is often said that “necessity is the mother of invention”. Have climatic conditions forced people in more hostile environments to be more inventive?
9 English also has the expression “resource curse”, meaning that societies with great natural resources are not always happier, more productive or more innovative. Does this notion fit with the idea of climate influencing behaviour at all?
10. A large part of our lives are now lived in virtual worlds (e.g. the Internet) and artificial climates, as with air conditioning, regardless of natural climates. Will this drastic change in personal experiences alter the way that technology, social welfare and human rights evolve?
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