The Knot of Civilizations

Civilizations — such an old-fashioned, outmoded, hierarchic concept! At least, that’s what some want us to believe. Instead of civilizations, we should pay attention to flows, dialogues, connections and the like — such ideas being so much more avant-garde, contemporary, and multicultural!

OK, what happens if we look at flows of international e-mail? Turns out that it tends to cluster into … civilizations.

email patterns clash of civilizations

“This result provides evidence towards a division of the world into civilizational blocks following Huntington’s theory,” says Bogdan State in Technology Review.

arxiv.org/abs/1303.0045: The Mesh of Civilizations and International E-mail Flows

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