I spent the last week in Singapore. A few observations from my trip there:
1. Singapore has a pervasive STEM culture
From a young age, students are pushed to study STEM.
Historically Singapore was a very poor country without any natural resources and so heavily encouraged its people Science / Engineering / Business as opposed to the liberal arts. As a result, most Singaporeans have no interest in or understanding of creative arts. For example, there are hardly any pieces of art in the city and I did not see a single festival while I was there. I spoke with an artist while I was there and learned that most Singaporeans did not know who Leonardo Da Vinci was.
The government is run primarily by technocrats as opposed to traditional “politicians”.
I met a few people from the government and was impressed by their total lack of charisma. Rather than being masters of rhetoric, these...
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