Originally posted by soothsayer
This is an update to my old thread "Why are we the only civilization?"
I am placing this here because it does touch upon the original subject, yet it brings to light some other aspects. Also, I am hoping not to have a religious debate in this one!
I will be briefly discussing a couple topics, hoping that others will be added. Knowing that some of these have been discussed before, they have not been talked about in this context (ie, that there is a cycle of advanced civilizations, then decline, then advancement again).
The first is the scientist and inventor Heron. Created the first coin operated device, automatic water machines, the first steam engine (2000 years before the Industrial Revolution), and on and on.
and secondly, the Antikythera Mechanism, a device used for navigation by tracking star movements. It used a multitude of gears and clockworks... many centuries before gear-operated clocks were invented.
Many other ancient puzzles and mysterys can be found here at:
I am still sticking with my theory that the world has known several advanced/modern societies, that due to war or celestrial events, perished, faced decline and stagnation, then had to re-develope. I am not giving credit that aliens are responsible for every developement made by man... we as a race are much smarter than that! Aliens CANNOT be made into the conspiracy scapegoat everytime something unexplained is brought to surface!
With the numerous subjects discussed on "World Mysteries", the advancement of the Antikythera Mechanism, the sheer brillance of Heron... how can we not wonder?
My eight year old son said it best, after watching the Heron special on History channel... "How were those people so much smarter than us?"
[Edited on 22-12-2003 by soothsayer]
Well ancient people did:
1) Make cars
2) Didnt know what eletricity was or how do make it
3) Dont go to space
4) Didnt develop computers, Cd's, CD players, T.V.'s etc...
So ancient people cant possibly be smarter than we are today.