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Travel and the cultural bubbles we live in. A word like “Banting” for instance. All the rage in South Africa, yet never once encountered in Copenhagen. A quick search reveals that this diet, a kind of precursor to the Paleo (which is encountered all over Copenhagen), has its roots in William Banting’s 1863 Letter on Corpulence.

There’s a New Yorker cartoon with two puzzled cavemen that comes to mind: “Something’s just not right – our air is clean, our water is pure, we all get plenty of exercise, everything we eat is organic and free-range, and yet nobody lives past thirty.”

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@Fantasticdrfox recently praised German TV, but the BBC doesn’t do too badly either. Philip Glass talking about life in New York during the 70s or Brian Eno’s John Peel Lecture on culture, education, #basicincome, social coherence and the function of art, for example.

Following on the thoughts of Pauline Oliveros and Christian Wolff that I’ve touched on in previous notes, Eno takes a similar stance regarding the role of art in the years to come: Moving into an era of abundance and cooperation, rather the economy based ideas of scarcity and competition, art is what we’re all going to be doing.