Source: More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Design Award – All That Is Interesting
I love maps. They tell incredible stories. Here is another one, the AuthaGraph World Map, supposedly the most accurate one that exists to date.
Looking at it, I see that Russia and the US are at the centru of the map, as if it was designed at the height on the Cold War.
Imagine how a map would look like if Africa would be at the centre. Or if Antarctica and Australia would be on the upper side of it. Wouldn’t that change a lot in terms of perception?
Analysis of WVS data made by political scientists Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel asserts that there are two major dimensions of cross cultural variation in the world:
Traditional values versus Secular-rational values and Survival values versus Self-expression values. The global cultural map (below) shows how scores of societies are located on these two dimensions.
Moving upward on this map reflects the shift from Traditional values to Secular-rational and moving rightward reflects the shift from Survival values to Self–expression values.
Traditional values emphasize the importance of religion, parent-child ties, deference to authority and traditional family values. People who embrace these values also reject divorce, abortion, euthanasia and suicide. These societies have high levels of national pride and a nationalistic outlook.
Secular-rational values have the opposite preferences to the traditional values. These societies place less emphasis on religion, traditional family values and authority. Divorce, abortion, euthanasia and suicide are seen as relatively acceptable. (Suicide is not necessarily more common.)
Survival values place emphasis on economic and physical security. It is linked with a relatively ethnocentric outlook and low levels of trust and tolerance.
Self-expression values give high priority to environmental protection, growing tolerance of foreigners, gays and lesbians and gender equality, and rising demands for participation in decision-making in economic and political life.
(Source, HERE. The World Values Survey on Inglehart-Wenzel map, HERE. )
Here is an article that discusses this perspective on the world:
What’s wrong with a new world order? The crimp it puts in your ski routine. Or so Bob Abramms, E’73, discovered not long after former president Jimmy Carter was announced as last year’s Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
The Carter Center’s press kit for the award ceremonies held in Oslo, Norway, in December featured something that made Abramms’s job more hectic: a world map. Not the familiar Mercator projection—the map on most classroom walls—but one published by ODT, Inc., the Amherst, Massachusetts, company Abramms founded in 1978. Continue reading “The World Turned Upside Down?”