globalization

Me and the Rest of the World- How globalization affects my daily life

Iulia Craciun

Globalization is one of those things people like to talk about, but we never sit down and think about how it affects our daily life. So how globalization does affects our daily lives?
Globalization is a process of interaction and integration among people, companies and governments of different countries, a process aided by the technological development. As we can see, technological development has a key role in the globalization process. Technology allowed us to communicate and interact like never before. That technology is part of our daily lives, just like globalization, it is just that we are used with it. I have never actually tought about the way in which globalization affects my daily life. I think that the reason for that is that we are used with it. We spent our days chatting with our friends who live in different countries, we make friends from different countries and cultures, and we learn about different cultures through social media. Young people from all over the world, enjoy the same things.
Every time when we decide to watch a viral video, or while we read a viral article, or we listen to the newest music video, we are part from the globalization process. One of the effects of the globalization is uniformity. People, especially young ones, listen to the same music, read the same books and wear the same clothes. Globalization brings in the Western (North American) cultural imperialism. People get face to face with standards that, in many cases are not part from their cultural heritage. We can take as an example, the glossy magazines. They spread all over the world caring with them the Western beauty standards, way of living and the Western idea of society and how people interact. If one is part of Western culture, those standards might not seem really different of what they have at home, but just imagine how those standards work in a totally different culture, for example the East Asian Cultural Sphere or the Islamic Culture.
We spent our everyday lives being bombarded with a lot of things that everybody else is doing, so, if you want to fit in, you have to do it too. And this is another effect: having a certain life style, just because that is the life style promoted. Everybody wants to feel accepted, and that’s one of the things that are exploited in the idea of globalization. As I said, cultural and background differences start to disappear because we all try to fit into a certain pattern. This is both, a good thing and a bad thing. It is a good thing because we realise that we are not so different and it is a bad thing because we lose our individuality.
Globalization, like many other things, has both, bad and good things about it, depending on which side of the coin you are looking at. The effects of it will only be seen as the time passes, so, until them we are the judgers and we have to make the choice for ourselves.

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Global Consciousness Project

We hear almost everyday something about or related to globalization, even if sometimes we don’t know what is referring to or what does this term imply. Well, globalization is a process of interaction among people, companies and governments of different nations, driven by international trade and aided by information technology.

But what’s up with this global consciousness and the project?

First of all, being conscious about something means to know information and details about it, to be aware of what that supposes and to act from your point of view. Global consciousness is when more people or groups focus in the same thing and influence “the world as large”, (Radin 1997: ch. 10).

Next, the global consciousness project, according to wikipedia, is an experiment which began in 1998 as an attempt to detect possible interactions of “global consciousness” with physical systems. How does the project works? The project monitors a geographically distributed network of hardware random number generators in a bird to identify anomalous outputs that correlate with widespread emotional responses to sets of world events or periods of focused attention by large numbers of people.

Roger D. Nelson developed the project as an extrapolation of two decades of experiments from the controversial Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab (PEAR), which Nelson says appeared to show that electronic noise-based, random number generators (RNG or REG, random event generators) seem to be influenced by human consciousness to bring about a less-than-random sequence of data.

 

Project’s methodology is based on the hypothesis that events which elicit widespread emotion or draw the simultaneous attention of large numbers of people may affect the output of hardware random number generators in a statistically significant way.

One of Nelson’s studies, “Wishing for Good Weather,” appeared in The Journal for Scientific Exploration (1997, Vol. 11, No. 1). Here’s an excerpt from the abstract:

Reunion and commencement activities at Princeton University, involving thousands of alumni, graduates, family and others, are held outdoors, and it is often remarked that they are almost always blessed with good weather. A comparison of the recorded rainfall in Princeton vs. nearby communities shows that there is significantly less rain, less often, in Princeton on those days with major outdoor activities.

Nelson suggests that the mental intention of the folks at Princeton keeps the rain away. Why their intentions would prevail when so many other equally deserving communities who wish for the same thing (or for the opposite) are denied their desire is a mystery for future parapsychologists to discover.

According to Radin: “In the basic field-consciousness experiment, we measure fluctuations in a group’s attention while simultaneously measuring fluctuations in the behavior of one or more physical systems” (Radin 1997: 161). For example, data from RNGs are collected for the time just before, during, and after a “global event”—like watching the televised funeral of Princess Diana. The researchers then look for fluctuations of the order of the RNG outputs. Chance fluctuations of order are then measured against any fluctuations of order during these and other events where large numbers of people might be focusing on the same thing. Then, cumulative odds against chance for the random data collected before, during, and after the global events are calculated. According to Nelson, for Princess Diana’s televised funeral:

….results compounded across twelve independent recordings at various locations in Europe and the United States showed an anomalous effect that would occur by chance only about once in 100 repetitions of this experiment (p = 0.013), as displayed in a graph of the deviation accumulated across all the datasets.

But for Mother Teresa’s televised funeral:

Eleven datasets for Mother Teresa’s funeral show little indication of an anomalous effect, with a composite outcome indistinguishable from chance (p = 0.654), as displayed in a similar graph. We speculate that the difference derives from the nature of the global attention, which was very different in the two cases. The significant result for Diana’s funeral confirmed our prediction based on the obvious potential of this tragic and unexpected occasion to produce emotional engagement and resonance. The outcome is consonant with results obtained in previous Field REG studies and supports tentative interpretations suggesting that groups of people, especially when they are attuned and engaged by a common theme, may produce something like a “consciousness field” that can induce a small but statistically identifiable bias in a nominally random sequence. (http://skepdic.com/globalconsciousness.html)

Now you might be asking why is this good or if it works. Yes, it works because this will get more and more developed and people are going to take it more seriously and they will cooperate with each other, so, hopefully there will be given solutions to the existing problems around the globe.

Globalization Consciousness project intends that the human consciousness to become coherent, the behavior of random systems may change. Even if RNG’s are based on quantum tunneling, produce completely unpredictable sequences of zeroes and ones, but when a great event synchronizes the feelings of millions of people, their network becomes subtly structured. The evidence suggests an emerging noosphere or the unifying field of consciousness described by sages in all cultures.

Our purpose is to examine subtle correlations that may reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world. We hypothesize that there will be structure in what should be random data, associated with major global events that engage our minds and hearts.

Subtle but real effects of consciousness are important scientifically, but their real power is more immediate. They encourage us to make essential, healthy changes in the great systems that dominate our world. Large scale group consciousness has effects in the physical world. Knowing this, we can intentionally work toward a brighter, more conscious future.

 

In conclusion, I strongly support this project and I hope to be much more successful.

M.E.H.

Globally getting bigger and bigger…

I have decided to write this article after watching this short video on Cooking at Home. A habit that with the change in lifestyle, globally transferred nutrition trends, kind of disappeared from our day-to-day routine. After watching the short movie I have decided to deed deeper when it comes to the relationship between obesity and globalization.

Yes. We are all getting bigger and bigger together. I am not talking about the economic achievements reached by globalization, what I mean is that we are all literally getting “bigger and bigger” in size.

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Have you ever wondered how is that possible that your mum at the same age as you weighted maybe 5 to 10 km less? The changes in our diet lied us to end up with at least a couple of kilograms in plus. I am not talking about you, you might be very lean, than congratulations, but the nutrition changes might effect your health or life expectancy as well on a long-therm. I don’t wanna sound pessimistic, but we should really start looking at the food, that globalization brought us, meet it, analyze it and say goodbye to it. Even if it’s very tasty.

Obesity in the developing world can be seen as a result of a series of transitions in diet, physical activity, health and nutrition, collectively known as the ‘nutrition transition.’ As poor countries become more prosperous, they acquire some of the benefits along, with some of the problems of industrialized nations. These include obesity.

dreamstime_l_38190374While technology and development is transferred throughout globalization from the rich to the poor economies, the trends when it comes to nutrition habits are also implemented by the followers of the “big guys”. More and more choices are available to us, just within our rich, that taste much better and are faster to have that their traditional, homemade counterparts.

A new report from the Britain-based Overseas Development Group on changing global diets finds that there are now more than twice as many overweight or obese people living in the developing world as in wealthy countries. Overall, the number of affected people in developing countries ,more than tripled from around 250 million people in 1980 to 904 million in 2014. By contrast, the number of people who were overweight or obese in high-income countries increased 1.7 times over the same period.

The Food Superbrands

The Food Superbrands

Through globalization we are invaded by huge brands that control what we eat. If we enter in a supermarket we see thousands of products, and we really think that we have an enormous variety when it comes to the food we eat. Yet, we are highly mistaken. The great majority of products that we see on the shelf are produced by non-domestic, multinational corporations. As a Romanian, I can still consider myself a lucky one, because we can still by local products in the supermarkets-even though they are less and less-or by bio vegetables and fruits for a very cheap price from old-ladies on the market.

Even like this the local producers have to fight against the competition of the huge corporations and brands that, due to the economy of scale.

This can actually mean that they can keep low prices, while the local producers might not have competitive prices, which can drive to decrease in quality.Looking at thefollowing picture we can see that the food market globally is a segment ruled by very few, big companies.These huge corporations control certain segments, making the food and beverages industry constructed by oligopoliesqsr

In the other hand we are surrounded by food chains that brought a new way of understand food. They have developed a demand towards eating for taste, selling high fat, high sugar and high calorie foods. The other thing is that this market is growing and together with some already presented beverage brands-you always get a Coke or Fanta next to a Burger-they make your successful “fat-maker” team.

These new food consumption is addictive, filled with ingredients and chemicals that will wan’t you to get more and more. Which is also quite sad, that people mainly desire to eat these kind of foods, giving birth to local fast food restaurants. The market supplies mainly the needs of its costumers. A need that was created by global reach of similar products. The need was constructed by the change of life-style, less physical jobs, less exercise, more stress. Here you can see the top 10 fast food consumer countries, some of them is trying to implement new and healthier fast food mails.

Since urban areas are much further along in the transition than rural ones, they experience higher rates of obesity. Cities offer a greater range of food choices, generally at lower prices. Urban work often demands less physical exertion than rural work. And as more and more women work away from home, they may be too busy to shop for, prepare and cook healthy meals at home. The fact that more people are moving to the city compounds the problem. In 1900, just 10 percent of the world population inhabited cities.Today, that figure is nearly 50 percent.

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In Cluj-Napoca, for example you can find many fast foods, also because of the high number of students, that are many times in the situation when they cannot afford going to another restaurant, they don’t have time or just simply grew up in the era of high calorie processed foods.

“The unprecedented increase in average body mass index (BMI) since World War II, in both developed and developing countries has resulted in 500 million adults worldwide who are obese and 1.5 billion who are overweight.

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This is the first time in human history that a larger share of the population is overweight rather than underweight , especially in the past two decades, which have been marked by increasing globalization and integration across economies and societies and thus affected lifestyles in several ways. This observation suggests a “globesity” hypothesis, predicting a contemporaneous association between progressive economic globalization and the so-called obesity epidemic.” Source

The main issue is that obesity is one of the main cause of death worldwide, alongside with diabetes, high-blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases is one of the main serial killers worldwide.

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What are countries doing? Some of them are coming up with restrictions trying to stop or make it more difficult operation of the companies that have contributed to this epidemic.

Anyhow, the decision is in our hands, and in our kitchen. Considering, that the processed high fat and high sugar fast food or pre-prepared foods, are so reach in calories and addictive components, you should start using your kitchen at home and prepare your own food. Even the fattest home-made dish, cannot compete with those products that are sold by fast-food chains. In the other hand if you are sugar addicted, you will have to put a great deal of effort in getting read of your food addiction. But before buying another snickers or chips in the supermarket, or a Big Mac with coke, just think about in which segment of the world do you wanna belong to, the 30% or the 70%.

Just don’t let the food kill you.

V.T.

Reference Links:

http://poseidon01.ssrn.com

http://www.who.int/gho/ncd/risk_factors/overweight/en/

http://www.therichest.com/expensive-lifestyle/location/countries-that-consume-the-most-fast-food-or-junk-food/

http://www.fao.org/focus/e/obesity/obes2.htm

Mongolian nomads and globalization

By Larisa Rusu

With the advent of capitalism and the free flow of people and goods there has been an intensifying globalization which has made possible certain changes, prominently in the fields of world trade, international policy agreements, and politics. In this turmoil fueled by low-cost air transportation, the on-growing tourism industry, multinational companies and the Western supremacy, something called the “clash of civilizations” has been given birth to.

Harvard professor Samuel Huntington predicts that “The fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily ideological or primarily economic. The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. Nation states will remain the most powerful actors in world affairs, but the principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations and groups of different civilizations. The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics”.
In this gap between cultural identity and globalization, national identity, the preservation of one’s own states’ values and war-leading national pride collide with the principles of no boundaries and worldwide acceptance of the same life principles.

In search for a speaking example of the clash between tradition and the growing globalization I found the Mongolian nomads. They are one of the last remaining nomadic cultures nowadays. Tradition of thousands of years of wandering the Mongolian steppe is now at risk as a consequence of the changing economic and environmental landscape. Sitting on a vast gold, coal and copper resources, Mongolia has seen an increasing westernization after the fall of the communist regime in ’92. Many of the traditional pastoral herders and cattlemen have chosen to give up the nomadic lifestyle and move to Ulaanbaatar’s impoverished yurt slums.

The following short documentary by the Journeyman Pictures shows how ancient nomadic practices are swapped with the more Western style of life.

Herders often chose to sell their belongings and live off underpaid coal mining jobs. The risk is the abandonment of millennia-old traditions. As Dagvadorj, one of Mongolia’s richest businessmen and sustainer of their culture sai about children born and/or raised in towns: “They seem less and less to know about the 5 ‘muzzles’ (horses, cows, goats, sheep, camels). The Westernization and increasing stagnation of our recent times are a real concern in our nomadic culture”

http://www.globalonenessproject.org/library/photo-essays/mongolias-nomads

Young nomad herds by motorcycle

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Eagle hunter- Asher Svidensky

http://www.globalonenessproject.org/library/photo-essays/mongolias-nomads

Naadam Mongolian Festival

 

References:

http://www.e-mongol.com/mongolia_nomadiclife.htm
Samuel P. Huntington- The Clash of Civilizations
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26969150
http://www.globalonenessproject.org/library/photo-essays/mongolias-nomads

Going global, or going reckless?

by Diana Cristolţean

Two examples of globalization gone wrong popped into my sight in the past weeks. These misrepresentations cannot be overlooked by someone interested in other cultures as I am, and thus, I will try to analyze the aforementioned cases and point out towards the flaws in these media products.

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