reply to post by ashamedamerican
There is a difference between what you show and the invention or piece of technology this thread presents.
Both are about technology, but a different philosophy is hidden between each one of these two. In what you show we have an already advanced
civilization advancing in a full technological spectrum, human or otherwise. That one failed. The second is probably what we have today, we might make
it we might not.
Here is a description of the struggle of the two different philosophical schools, by Carl Sagan. He analyzes the Ionian method. especially part 3 and
It is evident through Plato's condemnations against the Ionian method that there was a fear. Maybe a fear that the human race could fail again like
they believed it did fail once, so they mocked sophisticated technological marvels, like Archytas (from Tarantum) pigeon, the first jet of the
"modern" human history. What later came to be known as the Platonic beliefs, was that too much research on technology instead research about human
spirit and mind would bring another curse upon humanity.
A line had been drawn between the old humanity and the modern. Classical history is in the modern part of humanity, it is us. Anything before that,
was the old humanity, the part that failed, "in those days there were etc etc" as the Bible claimed.
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