posted on Jul, 16 2008 @ 03:13 PM
The analogy is flawed, because the caveman had not seen a watch function before, and is unfamiliar with the concept of keeping time. Whereas modern
man is aware of flying saucers, knows that they fly, so what they're supposed to do, and has knowledge of the concept of flight.
You're comparing apples and oranges.
Now, if you were to say, the caveman saw a time traveller fire a rifle at his buddy, clubbed the traveller over the head, and broke the gun...would he
be able to fix it, and make a working gun?
This would be more akin to our dilemmna... He's seen it function, knows what it should do, and has the broken pieces. He's familiar with it being
kind of like a bow, so he's familiar with the concept of a projectile weapon. Could he fix it? What do you think? How long would it take?
Chances are, he wouldn't have a clue how to make the metal, or the composition of gunpowder, so he'd really have an uphill battle. This is likely
why we haven't done much even if we did have a recovery in 1947. Even knowing the concepts isn't as helpful as one might think.....
But, he may learn things from it that he adapts, such as making a crossbow, etc.