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you said i know that, really it's just an idea, not original!

i find that's what history suggests. it took us so long to discover the earth was round, or that the sun was the centre of our galaxy, now we have begun to realise how deep space is, how can anyone think we have done more than scratch the surface, i don't understand.

even the workings of our own brains are only beginning to come dimly into view.

if you'd shown a neanderthal an ipod, and asked him how to get from there to here, he would probably strike two flints together and say, does it start with this?

he was probably pretty stoked with that science already, lol.

so extrapolating, if we are still neanderthals in some respects, doesn't it follow that the best discoveries will always lie ahead? as we discover more about how to discover, and correlate theories with proof.

there may have been a neanderthal whose eyes would have lit up, as he hustled off to find some beryllium or whatever to get started on his ipod project, or he may have gone, 'cool idea, but at this rate it'll take thousands more years to make one', and of course he'd be right!

some people are blessed with more imagination than their reality can contain, others just shut it down, it's just too painful to think of what we could be as a species, ( i_really don't like the word 'race'_) then look around at what we've become.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 08:02:25 AM EST
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i find that's what history suggests.

In the matter of the rate of accumulation of scientific knowledge, as in the matter of price movements on the stock exchange, the past does not predict the future with any great accuracy.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 07:15:18 AM EST
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that's true, but i don't think great accuracy is really necessary here.

after all, i'm investing in it time, thought and imagination, not hard cash, like the stock market!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Jun 7th, 2009 at 05:44:54 PM EST
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