March 2017

Becoming a Polyglot Planning: Ahead to Learn Dozens of Languages

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Wed, 03/29/2017 - 21:53

Are you thinking of learning many languages? Do you want to be a polyglot, fluent in dozens of tongues? Planning ahead, what would be an ideal approach to learning dozens of new languages efficiently?

Learning Similar Languages First

In order to learn many languages, it makes sense to learn them in order of similarity. Many languages share a common grammar with neighboring languages and at least a portion of their vocabularies. Learning languages in order of similarity greatly increases the fun factor and reduces stress.

The West versus the Rest: Diminishing Western Power as an Incentive for War?

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:25

How do civilizations compare economically? Dividing up the  world into roughly nine civilizations,[1] we can sum their member nations’ gross domestic product (GDP). This allows us to track a civilization’s share of the global economy over time.

Economists have long questioned the use of GDP as a financial measure, but in this study I only look at relative differences. I define economic power as a relative advantage that one party holds over others.

Europe First: Trans-Atlantic Civilization and the Law of Diminishing Returns

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Fri, 03/10/2017 - 11:37

Atlanticism is the belief in a single European-American worldview, as expressed in NATO and many trans-Atlantic trade agreements. But the relationship between Europe and America is far from equal. Since the American armies emerged victoriously from the Second World War, Europeans have been living as vassals, serving the interests of American capitalism.