The Geography of Sin

18 May 2009 at 4:58 am 10 comments

| Lasse Lien |

I used to think geography was a dry and slightly boring subject, but then I found this. Peter, where is your house again?

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  • 1. Peter Klein  |  18 May 2009 at 9:36 am

    Somebody needs to add GPS coordinates and merge these data with Google Maps. Just imagine the “How greedy is my next door neighbor?” searches!

  • 2. Donald A. Coffin  |  18 May 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Florida certainly comes off pretty badly in all this…

  • 3. Noclegi Kotlina  |  19 May 2009 at 2:57 am

    Haha that’s brilliant. I wonder how they came up with the idea.

  • 4. Michael Sykuta  |  19 May 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Interestingly, it appears Boone County in Missouri (home of Peter, the University of Missouri, and myself) is perfectly “normal”…the base value for all the seven deadly sins. They must have surveyed when Peter was on one of his many trips in the envious and prideful pursuit of greed and gluttonous consumption. I had best be careful of his wrath!

  • 5. Lasse  |  19 May 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Mike, could it be that the map basically shows Peters travelling pattern during the survey period?

  • 6. REW  |  19 May 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Touché, Lasse! The maps may be showing the “infection” pattern in the social networks _after_ the travel dates. The more virulent the strain (e.g. pride) that the vector carries, the broader the infection. Send this on to Malcolm Gladwell, his next book should be built around this.

  • 7. Lasse  |  19 May 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Nice. Move over swine flu!

  • 8. Peter Klein  |  19 May 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Before I respond, I want to see the maps showing the geographic distribution of the seven classical virtues (prudence, justice, temperance, courage, faith, hope, charity). Remember that the Klein effect (whether contemporaneous or lagged) should be measured as a net, not gross, effect.

  • 9. REW  |  19 May 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I didn’t know that one can net out the two sets of seven. Does one do it pairwise (temperance+ gluttony, justice + wrath, courage + vanity?,…) or is it more like some cubic utility function? ;-)

  • 10. Lasse  |  20 May 2009 at 1:38 am

    Touché, Peter

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