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Does Art trump Military and weapons technology (which goes hand in hand with all technology advances) as a sign of a higher civilization?
Originally posted by crimson616
I actually don't think that our modern civilization is any more advanced than previous ones, regardless of all of our technology. All of our fancy electronics and hi-tech science comes from the genius of only a handful of individuals; the general population doesn't know how to replicate any of these items, we simply learn with our basic intelligence how to use them. If you picked a human out of history from...hell, even ten thousand years ago, they could probably quickly adapt to our so called "advanced" civilization.
When every member of the population can derive complex functions and utilize indepth knowledge of technology just from their own intelligence, then I would consider us more advanced than our predecessors, but until then, we're still pretty much the Geico Cavemen.
Originally posted by mmiichael
Technology is just one of many manifestations of advancement. We have developed in our philosophy, knowledge of how the body and mind function,
our knowledge of the physical universe, macroscopic and microscopic. Then there's mathematics, the laws of physics, genetics, plant culture, micro-organisms, micro-technologies, and on and on.
We do NOT know more then the ancient civilizations did.
Just because we have accomplished these things you state like say a national power grid or a chair made in china (mine was) does not answer the question we should be asking. SHOULD we have created these things? Are they a necessity?
I actually don't mind sitting on a rock because I go camping every couple weeks.