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The Richter Scale of Culture

May 18, 2017

I’ll never know this in my lifetime for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the guy who invents it, Dr. Alonzo Richter, won’t be born for about 150 years, but it’d be interesting to know where Earth falls on the Richter Scale of Culture.

I guess technically it’s easy to puzzle it out and decide that not only are we not ready for a first contact visit, but that we’re a world at a level of development low enough that the Prime Directive would still apply. Anyway, when I think in terms of an overall rating, especially when the word “Culture” is in the title of the scale, I think beyond science and technology and of adding in other things like how serious the world is in pursuing things like peace and acceptance and in an overall providing for the welfare of every living being on the planet.

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  1. May 18, 2017 1:21 pm

    I guess I’ll have to hand in my geek credentials. I had to Google this Richter reference–only previously knowing it by the scale to measure earthquakes. I hang my head in a display of shame inappropriate to a Vulcan-wannabe.


    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      May 19, 2017 6:07 am

      I didn’t know it either so keep those geek credentials and wear them proudly! 🙂 I was watching the episode “Errand of Mercy” and it was mentioned and I started wondering where we’d fall on that scale. My guess is probably a little lower than we were 119 days ago.

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