WEIRD is an acronym used by academics, intellectuals, journalists to represent a type of person – or perhaps a population – that is:
Zambia 2020. Vehicle market plummets almost 60% in Year to Date September sales
Wednesday November 11, 2020
Zambian vehicles market keeps a very negative trend in 2020, with all brands reporting double-digit losses. Indeed, 119 units have been sold in September (-57.7%), leading Year to Date sales at 1.011 (-59.8%). Toyota dominates with 42% market share. Economic Environment Recently-released GDP data revealed that the economy contracted 2.1% in annual terms in Q2 […]
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Top 6 Reasons Canadians Are Turning To Online Lenders For Car Title Loan Alternatives
Monday December 21, 2020
People in Canada will probably find themselves experiencing a shortage of cash when bridging a funding gap at some point in their lives. And, with the current situation, this might be your case, especially if your job or business has been hit by the coronavirus crisis. It’s where loans come in handy. In the past, […]
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W. E. I. R. D.
The first time I saw this term was in the context of academic psychology studies, where WEIRD participants are often overrepresented (like your average American university undergrad).
I got to thinking, is there an Eastern counterpart? Can we create an equally pithy or interesting acronym to represent some of the opposing or countervailing properties?
And a bit of noodling led me to CHEER:
C. H. E. E. R.
Now I’m not an academic or intellectual or anything but a casual interested observer. I had other words in mind, but they didn’t seem as relevant or simply couldn’t fit into an easy acronym: words like Spiritual, Socialist, Group, Consensus…maybe consensus is better than collectivist, etc.
I’m sure others can create even better acronyms. Would love to hear if you do.
PS I thought it kinda funny, too, that the word “CHEER” has its own connotations, given how some countries in Asia, like Japan and Thailand, place an emphasis on expressing a kind of positive emotion in public. (tatemae and the land of smiles, respectively)
6 articles to recommend: Social collapse (!); Elite competition; Why people use jargon
Wednesday November 11, 2020
How Do You Know When Society Is About to Fall Apart? [NYT] Social complexity, he argues, is inevitably subject to diminishing marginal returns. It costs more and more, in other words, while producing smaller and smaller profits. “It’s a classic ‘Alice in Wonderland’ situation,” Tainter says. You’re “running faster and faster to stay in the […]
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