posted on Apr, 3 2008 @ 11:54 AM
Well advanced civs are interesting, the more advanced a civ gets, the less each individual knows about detailed information.
For instance, a cotton farmer in the 1800's, he or she knows pretty much all there is to know (in order to farm cotton effectively and produce a
profit, grow old and retire on it).
Let's advance into our near future, say 50 years, a farmer no longer really exists possibly, not in the traditional sense. We most likely will be
farming genetically enhanced plants and crops not in the field (waste of resources) but in the lab where the perfect conditions can be maintained.
This farmer (more like a scientist really) most likely does not know how to build his 'molecular growth apparatus (or whatever doo-dad they are using
for their crazy fast growing plants). He can certainly maintain it and utilize it for growing the crops, but can he build one?
Its akin to an aerospace engineer (pretty smart people right?) Give him a cell phone and ask him to replicate one for you from scratch..
[edit on 3-4-2008 by battlestargalactica]