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View Poll Results: Which nation is at the top of the game?
Norway 20 12.66%
France 18 11.39%
Switzerland 16 10.13%
Denmark 12 7.59%
Sweden 22 13.92%
United Kingdom 9 5.70%
Germany 26 16.46%
Japan 46 29.11%
Canada 10 6.33%
United States 55 34.81%
South Korea 13 8.23%
Spain 2 1.27%
Brazil 1 0.63%
China 14 8.86%
Russia 2 1.27%
Italy 1 0.63%
Egypt 1 0.63%
Israel 4 2.53%
Australia 8 5.06%
New Zealand 4 2.53%
Greece 1 0.63%
Ireland 1 0.63%
Finland 8 5.06%
A developed nation not listed 11 6.96%
A developing nation not listed 3 1.90%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 158. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-19-2012, 03:48 PM
 
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I think it is Japan.
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:32 PM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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I said Canada. I would have said Australia but I find its culture a bit backwards, though not as much so as the US. I would pick a small country in Europe but it seems more fair to pick a larger country, plus Europe is kind of getting worse too.
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Old 05-19-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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Do you mean the most advanced economically, or industrially, or technologically, or scientifically, or philosophically, or intellectually, or artistically, or socially, or ethically, or governmentally, or educationally, or militarily, or infrastructurally,or medically, or nutritionally, or agriculturally, or spiritually, or what? If you mean all of them together, are they to be weighted equally? How do we know if "advanced" is a positive direction, if what lies ahead is fraught with peril?
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Old 05-19-2012, 06:03 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Depends on on what specific criteria. No nation leads in ALL the criteria you mention, obviously.

For instance, while the US is ahead in a lot of technology, in terms of actual implementation I'd say countries like China are ahead on it. Most of the Chinese population, however, is behind the American population.

Socially, I would say the European nations, although it's sort of a matter of perspective as well. Being progressive might not be viewed as 'advanced' by everybody. In this regard, nations like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany.etc lead.
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Earth
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It isn't just about technology, you know? All factors combined I still say Japan or Finland. The US is top dog when it comes to the sheer scale and spending on science for example, but other factors bring it down a lot.
I'd say Norway over Finland, but they're close!
I agree with Japan.

50 years ago, the US could have made the list.
If not for jingoism, it wouldn't be rated so high on the list.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:43 PM
 
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I'd say Norway over Finland, but they're close!
I agree with Japan.

50 years ago, the US could have made the list.
If not for jingoism, it wouldn't be rated so high on the list.
Darn US. First the Transistor, then the Integrated Circuit and the Microprocessor and before long - Bam! - The Personal Computer and finally the Internet. Now we ALL are forced to put up with their "jingoism"!
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:53 PM
 
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Do you mean the most advanced economically, or industrially, or technologically, or scientifically, or philosophically, or intellectually, or artistically, or socially, or ethically, or governmentally, or educationally, or militarily, or infrastructurally,or medically, or nutritionally, or agriculturally, or spiritually, or what? If you mean all of them together, are they to be weighted equally?
Yes, thanks for the list. All of these factors together are important in making a determination - plus any others I mentioned in the OP. I'll leave it to others to decide how much weight to give to each factor.

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How do we know if "advanced" is a positive direction, if what lies ahead is fraught with peril?
That's a good question, although probably for another thread.

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Old 05-21-2012, 01:32 AM
 
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I chose the USA. I think the USA does a good job of being technologically advanced, especially considered its heterogeneous population and varied landscape. I agree that the other nations, like Japan, Germany, the Scandinavian countries, do well also, but frankly, for its sheer size and diversity, the USA does exceptionally well.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:08 AM
 
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I think the countries should have been ranked alphabetically in the poll. It is a proven fact that random ranking of the alternatives has an affect on the results or in other words, the results can be manipulated by placing certain countries more visible.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Susa
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Japan is high in the technique, but environment is bad.
Because it is stress society, there are many suicides.
The economy moves to the warm country.
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