originally posted by: VanGcouverite
YOU OF AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE would be a superior being if transported to 14th century.
You know so many things that the poor SOBs of that era have no clue about,
No, you wouldn't. The ancients weren't stupid. If you went back in time you wouldn't suddenly be superior. You'd still be of average intelligence and
not be able to hold a candle to not only the advanced thinkers of that age, but a whole lot of average people as well. In fact, anyone educated knew
Latin, Greek, and their own language. Do you?
In fact, before Gutenberg, i.e. Before 1440, there weren't a lot of cheap printed books around, so how did people cope? They memorized. In fact, there
was a deep philosophical issue involving pedagogy back then over the fact that students were no longer memorizing, an exercise that stretched the
mind, they were merely READING, which was making them lazy. Tell me, can you memorize entire books? In Latin? In Greek? So compared to an educated
person in the 14th century who knew three languages, at least, probably more, and could memorize entire books, how are you faring?
And what of your "superior" knowledge. Do you know how an internal combustion engine works? You do? Cool. Can you make one? Unlikely, right? Well, can
you make one with the material and technology available in the 14th Century? So what use is your "superior" knowledge if it does not apply?
But what could they do? Build a flour mill from scratch. Erect a bridge over a river using advanced architecture. make mechanical clocks. Make
gunpowder from scratch. Have a practical knowledge of celestial mechanics. Improve upon the game of chess to its modern standard. (Do you play chess?
Think you could beat those guys?) Have a practical and detailed knowledge of farming and animal husbandry. Develop a trebuchet. Understand and apply
the Pythagorean Theorem and other advanced mathematical issues.
You can't do any of those things. If you were suddenly transported to the 14th century your "skills" you learned today would be largely useless. You'd
suddenly have to live without electricity and the modern conveniences. In fact, you would be so lacking in survival skills that you wouldn't last a
So your idea that you would be a superior being if transported to the 14th century is completely bogus.
Not only would you not be superior, you would be considered rather stupid.
edit on 1/24/2016 by schuyler because: (no reason given)