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I haven’t read Jared Diamond’s Collapse, but one of the things I wonder is whether civilizations thrive according to their ability to optimize food production in some fashion and then fail as that optimization fails. I should really read that book.

Culture: Chuck Norris only Weapon of Mass Destruction in Iraq

I think this is an interesting vision of how cultural diffusion starts.  Years from now, after America has (hopefully) left Iraq, the image of Chuck Norris as a heroic/cultural figure will still remain.  As well as the raw amount of Awesome that contains, it’s also an interesting way of seeing culture develop in action. Another [...]