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Human Capital: How what you know shapes your life by Brian Keeley

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6. A Bigger Picture

No one is an island. How we develop, from childhood to adulthood, is linked to our relations with our families and societies. Equally, the full range of our human capital – from the state of our health to the level of our learning – affects, and is affected by, our relations to wider society.

By way of introduction...

The sizzling summer of 2003 broke records in Europe. Crowds flocked to the beaches to soak up the sun as temperatures climbed into the high 30s centigrade and beyond. In cities, people who couldn’t get away from their jobs sweated through those long, hot days. And behind closed doors, old people died. In Italy more than 4 000 elderly were struck down by the heat; in France as many as 15 000.

The deaths ...

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