airport (non)observations

In the last 48 hours, I have been in four airports: Washington Dulles, London, Nairobi (Kenya), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania).  As I wandered around these airports, I felt like I should have some witty observation about airports.  Or – short of that – like I should be gathering some data.  What kind of data would be interesting to gather in airports?  Ideas are welcome.


Since I don’t have any insights like Pico Iyer would, I’ll share this quote in the front of an Iyer book that a friend lent me:


“Philosophy is really homesickness: the wish to be everywhere at home.” – Friedrich Nietzche


I don’t know anything about philosophy,* but this idea of being everywhere at home seems deeply appealing.


* I know this because on the plane, I tried to read philosopher Nancy Cartwright’s Hunting Causes and Using Them on my flight and – even though it is about intersections between philosophy and economics – I mostly had no idea what she was talking about.


Hat tip to Blattman for getting me thinking, not about the presentation I’m giving in 14 hours.

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