I have no idea if this has ever come up in academic work before, and due to my own limits i can only refer to the West...
here goes, chronologically
- man began in africa
- civilisation began in the middle east
- europe was the next 'hot spot', its empires spreading across oceans
- the usa is currently the most significant source of cultural progress, for the whole world
basically, i wonder if certain geographical parts of the world enjoy status as a 'hot spot' for man's intellectual/social progression
when the usa has had it's day, where (rather than who) will lead the world next?
i understand this is very simplified, but clearly i am talking about millennia here
where indo-china, latin america and australasia fit into this, i am hoping for suggestions
thanks for listening
Edited by zeno - 19-Jun-2007 at 16:33