ancient computer

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  1. wellwisher Banned Banned

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    Necessity is often the mother of invention with some inventions not catching on, due to lack of necessity and vision. The Romans invented steam power but there was no push to use this to start the industrial revolution. The computer above could have been one of those steam engine caliber inventions that did not sell because the traditional was good enough.

    Often there is no need, when the status quo is deemed good enough. You will sometimes see a prototype or two, with the experts of the day (final decision) saying this will not amount to anything. Old dogs can't learn future tricks unless backed into the corner by necessity.
     
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  3. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    Wooden clocks are made with precision metal tools. You think somebody could make one of those with flint blades?
     
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  5. andy1033 Truth Seeker Valued Senior Member

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    Have you people missed the part that human explosions in concious thought may be linked to cycles.

    Not everything is linear, and its why they have dark ages and ages of enlightenment. We do not operate in a vacuum. People saying why didn't the greeks understand and go on, maybe the end of there cycle came.

    What ever they missed out on in future techs, they certainly had a gov that has kept. We still operate under there style of gov, where wise people decide in secret, not the public with democracy. They keep you entertained and make sure you know nout.
     
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  7. Boris2 Valued Senior Member

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    when you have ready access to slaves why invent labour saving devices?
     
  8. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    In fact technology was a major factor in the demise of slavery in the 19th century. Industrial technology in the workplace requires a much higher level of commitment, attention and pride in accomplishment, and less physical strength (and much shorter working hours!), than the Iron Age technology that preceded it. It's difficult to inspire a worker to put that much dedication into his work if he's not being paid for it and if he's not being treated well during or after work. Even before the Civil War, German immigrants in Texas demonstrated that a cotton farm staffed by paid employees was more productive than one staffed by slaves. One of the conditions that prolonged slavery was the miserable weather in the South, making it difficult to recruit free men to work outside in the fields.

    In fact, in the entire Western Hemisphere, from Mexico to Brazil, slavery disappeared through attrition, as plantation owners had to let their slaves go and hire employees--often simply rehiring the former slaves as freemen. Brazil's slaveowners were notorious as the cruelest in the world, and even they gave up in the 1880s. And the weather in many of those countries is even hotter than in the American South.

    The only countries in which slavery was abolished by violence were the USA and Haiti, and in both places we're still paying the price for that. We have separate communities of "black" and "white" people with their own cultures and even their own dialects. In the rest of the hemisphere people just come in shades of brown.

    Although not everyone agrees with me (and with many scholars), I believe that slavery would have vanished the same way in the USA if we had been more patient. Not only do we still have a rift between Afro-Americans and Euro-Americans, but the Northerners and Southerners still don't trust each other.
     
  9. Boris2 Valued Senior Member

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    there was also a huge push for emancipation happening at the same time. this was the enlightenment after all. these two events went hand-in-hand to abolish slavery.
     
  10. IncogNegro Banned Banned

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    Well I'm sure if some genius ever realized larger objects take longer to get hot and remain hotter longer... never wrote it down.... might make a device still with the earth in the center.
     

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