posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 03:28 AM
I have been lurking on and off these boards for several years now... I have created a few user names in the past, but lets hope that this one stays
active and is not deleted!!!
Anywyas, having to do mostly with aliens, and somewhat with religion, i was just watching a show on the history channel provided by comcast here in
the US. They, again, brought up how ancient civilizations were describing aliens in there ancient texts. I have been thinking for a few hours about
this, and have thought of a little experiment. If you were alive 2000 years ago, and I showed you something as simple as a bicycle, how would you
describe the workings of my bike?
you are allowed to touch it, walk around it, move the levers and pedals. you are NOT allowed to ride my bike under any circumstances. You are merely
allowed to examine my bicycle in detail. now describe what you see as if you were alive 2000 or 3000 years ago. how does it work, how would someone
use it? what is it made of? what are the different parts...
I am in college in the US, and I am doing a research paper for one class... I would appreciate responses, although none are necessary for the
completion of my research, I would just very much like to hear what all of you have to say about describing my bicycle 2000-3000 years in the future.
I hope my directions are clear enough... basically i want you to pretend you were living 2000-3000 years ago... but lets be general... ( i will say
anywhere from ancient egypt to modern christianity... to anything inbetween... 4000BCE to 1000BCE... whatever you can relate most to)... describe the
workings of a modern bicycle. eg you can sit on this machine and go 5 times as fast as someone on foot, 2x as fast as someone on horseback. you can
stop 4 times as fast as a horse, from 20 to 0 in the same distance as a horse from 10 to 0... etc. the bike needs no food, the horse is constant
just describe my modern bicycle in terms of 2000-3000 years in teh past... what vocabulary would you use, what verbs and nouns can you relate to...
remember a bicycle is pretty mundane technology, a chain turns only ONE of the wheels, friction with the ground makes you go... the OTHER wheel steers
you... what are wheels... why do these wheels seem to float on such think "sticks" (spokes), explain that... explain the most basic to the most
just keep the mindset of a human 2000-3000 years in the past... what accounts for foward motion? what accounts for wheels "floating" on shiny sticks
give it a shot, i would love to hear you explanations!!!
(PLEASE PLEASE keep in mind that your responses are NOT integral to the outcome of my paper... in fact, i have already submitted an abstract, and am
due to lecture publicly on my paper in May. I would just LOVE to hear personal responses regarding my topic, regarding the perception of ancient
cultures on modern technologies.)
Thank you all,