Dearth of Intellectualism

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21st Century Disaster: Is the world getting dumber or are we just lazy to have breakthroughs like Albert Einstein & John Newton?

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Dearth of Intellectualism :

Dearth of Intellectualism Adebola Rayo & ‘ Nubi Kayode

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One will agree that intellectualism over the centuries, from one generation to another has experienced a gradual decline. Nonetheless, in any society or civilization there is always an exemption – a constant k that show how other things have changed

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Is it that there is no room for further innovation or breakthrough that will shake or mold the world such as Einstein’s e=mc 2 or Newton’s discovery of gravitational force ? Why do we experience this dearth in intellectualism?

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Lack of reading culture When last did you read a decent book that added knowledge to you – not an article from your iPad on the latest app upgrade or the fastest new car in town? Light-weight innovation Has the internet brought about a rush for only easy and fast path to innovation? An information age sees everyone wanting to be like Facebook and Google, leaving the labs empty Symptoms : Dearth of Intellectualism

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Who are You? We’ve got growing population of people without a sense of history and cultural identity Where are you headed? “You can’t know where you are going if you don’t know where you are coming from” Symptoms (Contd.)

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Parochial View . Linear Thinking . Bandwagon Effect The world is a global village and it’s easy to be trendsetters, but then we neglect the side effects: very narrow outlook and tendency for easy replication, which in large scale causes stunted development and scarcity of innovation Poor Work Ethic Can this be attributed to the yearn to live life on the fast-lane? After all life is short and things are moving at the speed of light (or is it sound?) Or are we just lazy and don’t want to be as hardworking as we should be? Symptoms (Contd.)

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Asia has tried to be the exception: Retaining cultural identity – language, dressing, cuisine, art, architecture, etc. Quality work ethic in all spheres including education and industry It is evident that the world now looks to Asia for ‘how-to’ function as a country, community, company, institution – educational, financial, and even governmental; as they thrive in development – economy and innovation Who is Safe?

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Do we go for an Asian World? Not all countries can be like China and other Asian countries as the system does not work for all countries but tweaking the variables and replicating models will do the trick Innovate . Evaluate . Replicate Asia has a diverse system of operations – from China to Korea and Singapore. Yet all have thrived for the same reasons. What Action Steps?

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Who are the players? ~ Individual ~ People have to strive to know who they are – starting from where they come from via history, as this shapes the path. ~ Industry ~ Create room for innovation based on research and aimed at development – without profit being the major drive ~ Government ~ Investment in the area of knowledge and capacity building. Set policies that will reward good work ethic and innovation

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Dearth of Intellectualism – Adebola Rayo & Nubi Kayode Want to contribute your quota to saving the world’s intellectualism from going into extinction? Also drop your comments, let’s discuss. @ AdebolaRayo & @ NubiKayode

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