I read in a book called "Understanding Comics" by Scott McCloud that his personal definition of "art" is pretty much anything you do that isn't immediately related to survival or reporduction. The way you twirl your hair, the way you hum a tune, the clothes you choose to wear are all an "artistic" statement about certain things about you that you broadcast to the world at large. It's not a perfect definition by any means, and shouldn't necessarily be taken as 100% absolute in every situation, but it's a good rule fo thumb, IMHO. But, to return to the topic at hand, I don't think that the only way we can maintain our current level of technological and scientific advancement is to engage in armed conflict with ourselves. In truth, it hasn't really been that way since WWII. True, there is quite a lot of research and advancement being made by military contractor companies, but they ain't necessarily the crest of the wave anymore. Killing each other is just old hat, y'know? Is that sort of mentality really the best we can do as a species? It's just sad.