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Rei Morishita from Japan: Environmentalist, poet, essayist. Everything, various things will be taken up. Originally, it was a blog about disasters, and expanded to say romance, for example, is a kind of disaster because it is a problem of one’s survival.

"Stupid Index: SI" around the world: Why are we politically stupid?

"Stupid Index: SI" around the world: Why are we politically stupid?

The following description is taken from the comment section of my blog "John Locke, Mencius, Xun Kuang".

Me: Once upon a time (at the time of Bush Jr.), the IQ of white people in the inland area of the United States is low, and the IQ of white people in the coastal area is high. They said that later was always exposed to the danger of the dragonfly and had to think about things, but since there was no danger in the inland area, former would become stupid.
Come to think of it, Britain, Taiwan and Hong Kong are seaside countries, and the stupid people cannot live. On the contrary, mainland China, the inland USA, and the inland Russia are all stupid.
Now, the concept of "stupidity index" by country has emerged. "Country area (km ^ 2) ÷ total length of coastline in the country (km)
So, it might be interesting to calculate. The larger the inland area compared to the coastline, the more the country becomes a fool's nest ...

Ah, but the exception to this index is Japan. It could be more clever, but it's just like the Japanese continent. What is the reason why Japan cannot become independent? This is an issue for future exploration.

Mr. D: Mencius was thinking about the same thing, although the environment was different from John Locke. That's an interesting contrast, isn't it?
Some environments can be conceived regardless.
In China, the developed oriental medicine differs depending on the environment. Since the inside was dry, massage-like techniques were developed. I don't have a sense of crisis ... I think I wanted relaxation.

Me: Certainly, in wide China, how to deal with illness varies greatly between north, south, east and west. Each has its own unique effects ... Your reference to the "sense of crisis" about the interior is helpful. The idea I wrote for Mr. S's lesson in ↑ will be published on the blog as a "stupid index".

Here, I will review the concept a little, and since conflicts over territory and others often occur not only on the coastline but also on the borderline that connects to the land, I will mainly consider the borderline that includes it, as a matter of course. And since the land area is two-dimensional with km ^ 2, in order to make the dimension (unit) non-unit, divide the land area by the square of the border line (km) and divide the value by the "stupid index" (SI).

Stupid index = (land area: km ^ 2) ÷ (total border line length: km) ^ 2

is. Just in wikipedia, there is a list of total coastline lengths and land areas of each country in the world (list by length of national coastline), so if you write a table based on that, it will be as follows.


Again, large countries such as Russia, Canada, China, USA, Australia, Brazil
Of course, the "stupid index: SI" is large.

However, it cannot be said that each nation's "political stupidity is known" from this index alone, but it seems to have a certain meaning when looking at the stupidity of Americans in the inland United States. I will. In this year's US presidential election, there were many people who supported Trump in the inland states in the center of the United States. It's obvious at a glance. Many white Americans who strongly supported Trump, who was a dirty politician, voted for Trump, and the states he acquired are also concentrated in the inland states in the center of the United States ... stupid dens. (See the map below)


Color-coded map of Trump and Biden acquisition states by CNN

By the way, as you can see from the table, the countries with large areas have large SIs, Russia, the United States, China, and India are about 50 to 100, Australia and Mexico are about 100, and Canada, which has the second largest area in the world, has a coastline. Because it is long, the SI is relatively small. Brazil is unexpectedly large, with an SI of 159, which is by far the best. Conversely, if you look at countries with small SIs, they are usually island countries, such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. But is it "wise"? I feel that Asian countries, including Japan, having rather large SIs and are natural.

A word of the day: I think that the reason why a country with a small "stupid index: SI" like Japan is "stupid" is probably not a geographical factor but a geopolitical factor. In other words, I think the biggest factor is that after WW2, the United States continued to rule and the political sensibilities of not only politicians but the general public were paralyzed. This will be the same in other Asian island nations. In addition, the old letter "country" of the kanji "country" means to be confused (with suspicion) what will happen at the borders on all sides. It is used to mean living sensitively to foreign enemies, and it is the origin of the word that fools destroys the country.

Updated once a week on Wednesday or Thursday.

In Japanese, original







ここで、ちょっと概念を見直し、しばしば海岸線だけでなく、地続きの国境線でも、領土、その他をめぐる紛争はよく起きるため、海岸線は当然としても、それを含む国境線を主として考えます。そして、国土面積はkm^2と2次元ですので、ディメンション(単位)を無単位とするため、国境線(km)の2乗で国土面積を割り、その値を「おバカ指数」(Index of Fool:IF)とします。










注:日本語版では当初「おバカ指数」を「Index of foolish:IF」としていましたが英語では「stupid」のほうが相応しいと思われたので「SI」と変更しました。

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