spike66 at att.net
Sun Jan 22 06:12:31 UTC 2017
>… On Behalf Of John Clark
Subject: Re: [ExI] technology
On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 4:29 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net <mailto:spike66 at att.net> > wrote:
> >…Philosophy and religion aren’t steering this ship, technology is doing it.
>…I agree. So why do history professors teach their students more about the battle tactics of the Austro-Prussian War than the do about the discovery of the Second Law of Thermodynamics that happened at about the same time?
I can envision a means or methodology of teaching history which weaves together memetic development with technological development as drivers of history.
Consider stasis in any form in today’s world. We have a mixture of societies that struggle to hold on to traditions of the past while others charge forward as fast as they can dash. Soon the fast-moving societies develop technologies that leave the static societies behind, confused and irrelevant.
> Consider James Burke’s excellent documentary series The Day the Universe Changed and later Connections, both about how technological developments shaped history.
>…I loved them both, but I think Connections was first. John K Clark
Both first and last. Burke made Connections, then Universe Changed, then Connections 2. Excellent, imaginative stuff all of it, inspiring, the British technology counterpart to Sagan’s Connections.
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