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Poch Peralta

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Do we learn faster in cities? Learning is defined here as: Acquiring tested, practical knowledge or skill from human and non-human sources.

Learning Faster -- in Cities
Is this the subconscious reason why some people leap into cities without safety nets? It seems the provincials have now a valid reason for doing that. I am dubious of the piece and I think this is going to be a hot debate.
The title of my reference is: Why We Learn Faster in Cities Than We Could On Our Own

'O'Mara argues that we must understand the unique history and geography of places like Silicon Valley if we are to replicate these places as hubs of talent, jobs, capital, and institutions.

'In our 'flat' digital world, in which we can connect virtually with anybody we want, one could argue that the notion of an innovation hub is outdated.

'However, in today's lesson, innovation guru John Hagel explores the paradox that, despite the fact that technology infrastructure has made location unimportant, we’re becoming more urbanized at a more rapid rate than ever before...'


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    Dec 5 2013: Firstly, what a big city gives us is the oppurtunity to be whoever we want without the judgement of the small town, you can dress the way you want, you can bring whatever and sometimes you can even sing a song to yourself while walking and nobody'll bat an eye.
    So, our so-called freedom of the city gives us a little bit of peace that at least they don't judge you. Of course, the stress is a bigger factor, but what's important is that the city gives you chances.
    To meet more people like you, to meet someone who inspires you or to get somebody who would want to work with you. This means one more thing - you would probably feel better emotionally and socially and what makes studying better than a good mood?
    Also this urban surroundment could possibly give you a system you could put into your working plan.

    For example, I always study when I haven't had a meal, when I've got the plan in my head and when I think of the future. Future tells me : "You couldn't pass the exam because you didn't study enough that very day. That's why you're sad and disappointed". Then I realise I'm still in that very day and I can change the future! I can make myself proud and happy! And what's better than this?

    But in a small town it's harder to get the challenge. That's why you go there and give your best to win. Because I love winning!
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      Dec 5 2013: Your view of the 'Freedom of the City' is great Gloria. Yes. One
      bad thing in rural areas is the snoopy attitude of most residents
      which can ruin one's mood and slow you down.

      'But in a small town it's harder to get the challenge.
      That's why you go there and give your best to win.'

      Yuma wrote about that too:
      'Only by looking at higher-ranking opponents or colleagues (in cities),
      in other words a worthy rival, at first hand, we come to have a burning
      ambition and start to learn seriously.'

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