[ExI] david statue coincidence

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Mon Aug 22 14:41:10 UTC 2016

On 22 August 2016 at 14:38, spike  wrote:
> Let us consider what that looks like from the point of view of the
> surrounding people.  Taught from earliest childhood to despise this invading
> infidels, in their quieter moments of reflection they must wonder why it
> survives.  It is clear enough that it is because it has attained a higher
> mastery of technology and science.  The next question must be inevitable in
> many of their minds: So why haven’t we mastered their technology and
> science?  What is stopping us from getting all the same force multipliers?
> Why didn’t Goliath’s guys all take up slingshots the day after the fatal
> combat?

They already had them. Slings were a common long-range weapon in
ancient times. They weren't toys. Military slings could kill at up to
200 yards distance.

In this probably fictitious story David cheated by bringing a gun to a
sword fight. He could have lobbed stones at Goliath all day long,
running further away if heavily-armoured Goliath got too close. But
really it was just one of many stories attributed to David after he
became Israel's greatest hero.


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