The thinking in your tank

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Published on February 17, 2016 with No Comments

Why do we feel the way we feel and think the way we think? Sometimes it seems that just yesterday we were fine with a certain status quo, and all of a sudden we no longer want the status to be that quo. Nowadays it’s common to credit “social media” for influencing the way we think and act, and the way others think and act out. But it very well could be that all thinking is influenced by one or more of the numerous and growing brain boxes. And what exactly is a “Brain Box?” This term was once a name for the “Think Tank.” Loosely defined, think tanks are thought to “research” topics and advocate for certain policies or strategies. Some tanks lean in a right or left direction, while others may be objective.
Latest news from the world of Think Tanks indicate that while North America still has the majority, the number of tanks in other parts of the world is expanding. Could this be a factor in the changing ways of the world? In Egypt, for instance, the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies is among 333 Think Tanks in that region. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences is one of 1200 in Asia. Surveys show the Brookings Institution based in Washington D.C. to be the most influential Think Tank in the world. They recently noted that while the U.S. has a trade deficit in goods, it has a significant trade surplus in services. They recommend that a balanced budget and reduced tax rate could make the U.S. a more attractive business environment. And while we’re at it, Washington D.C. has the most Think Tanks (393), followed by Massachusetts, California and New York. Minnesota has 23 while Wyoming has none. Neither does Aruba or the Virgin Islands. Perhaps, people should not be forced to think while on vacation.

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