perjantaina, tammikuuta 05, 2007

Vietin joulun välipäivät ja uudenvuoden Lontoossa osallistuen London Open Go Congressiin. Turnaustulokseni oli paljon huonompi kuin viimevuotinen ennätystulokseni mutta joten kuten kelvollinen silti. Suomalaisia oli tällä kertaa peräti 19 eli enemmän kuin viime vuonna (12), mikä osuus vastasti 8 prosenttia Suomen turnausaktiiveista. Sunnuntaina 31.12. iltapäivällä Lontoon keskustassa oli +15 C lämmintä eli melkein t-paitakeli.

Steve Sailerin artikkeli monikulttuurisuuden haitoista American Conservative -lehdessä on erittäin hyvin perusteltua asiaa. Laajassa artikkelissa käsitellään professori Robert Putnamin tuoreehkoa tutkimusta luottamuksesta ja etnisestä diversiteetistä. Sitaatti:

In the presence of [ethnic] diversity, we hunker down. We act like turtles. The effect of diversity is worse than had been imagined. And it?s not just that we don?t trust people who are not like us. In diverse communities, we don?t trust people who do look like us.

?Harvard professor Robert D. Putnam

It was one of the more irony-laden incidents in the history of celebrity social scientists. While in Sweden to receive a $50,000 academic prize as political science professor of the year, Harvard?s Robert D. Putnam, a former Carter administration official who made his reputation writing about the decline of social trust in America in his bestseller Bowling Alone, confessed to Financial Times columnist John Lloyd that his latest research discovery?that ethnic diversity decreases trust and co-operation in communities?was so explosive that for the last half decade he hadn?t dared announce it ?until he could develop proposals to compensate for the negative effects of diversity, saying it ?would have been irresponsible to publish without that.??

In a column headlined ?Harvard study paints bleak picture of ethnic diversity,? Lloyd summarized the results of the largest study ever of ?civic engagement,? a survey of 26,200 people in 40 American communities:

When the data were adjusted for class, income and other factors, they showed that the more people of different races lived in the same community, the greater the loss of trust. ?They don?t trust the local mayor, they don?t trust the local paper, they don?t trust other people and they don?t trust institutions,? said Prof Putnam. ?The only thing there?s more of is protest marches and TV watching.?

Lloyd noted, ?Prof Putnam found trust was lowest in Los Angeles, ?the most diverse human habitation in human history.??