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Originally posted by Off_The_Street
Nonetheless, that didn't stop me from getting his new book (which I got in hardbound because I didn't want to wait): "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed".
Originally posted by invader_chris
Has anyone else noticed that major advances in science and technology have only come in the past 2-4 centuries? What caused our societies to pursuit knowledge? The Chinese and Hindu did it for a while, the Europeans almost always did it, but others, such as the African tribes, never really got any farther than fire, maybe possibly the wheel. Ideas?
Also, during and before the Middle Ages, people didn't really care that they were oppressed by kings, and that they weren't focusing on science. People in ancient Rome were almost equally as advanced as the nations of the Middle Ages.
[edit on 15-1-2005 by invader_chris]
Originally posted by outsider
Interesting topic. Those who have the time to ask those question are the ones that ask. If you not spending most of your time trying to stay alive you have the time to ask those questions. I'd agree that location plays a major role.
Originally posted by AnnoDomini2
I personally think this is much simpler than some of you are making out, it all derives from SEX! And aquiring a mate, the more powerful an influential an individual is the more attractive they are.
The development of science is just an evolution of instinct.