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How War + Technology Progresses Society:

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posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 06:12 PM
And yes, indeed in the long run helps it advance! Call me crazy but read the quotes, read the article and decide for yourself.

Whereas weapons have always helped determine tactics, tactics in turn helped determine organization, operations, strategy, logistics, and command and control systems. All these were driven by the technology in use and, in turn, drove it along. Thus the relationship between the two—war and technology, doctrine and the hardware required for putting it into effect—is two-sided.

To sum up, technology has always driven war, and been driven by it; however, contrary to the common wisdom, there is no sign that its role in shaping war has either increased or diminished. While the quest for technological superiority, the silver bullet as it is sometimes known, is as old as war itself, technology is but one of the factors that shape war and determines its outcome. As a result, victories due solely to technological superiority have been rare; and such superiority, even if it was achieved, usually did not last for very long. On the whole, the effect of technology has tended to increase, or help increase, the size of war, the power and speed with which it is waged, and the range at which it is waged. It has also expanded the environments in which it was waged. For millennia, however, it was incapable of changing either the nature of war or the purpose that it served.

Please try to refrain from calling me a war-monger. Don't shoot the messenger! Just posting information that's all.
edit on 11-1-2012 by jjf3rd77 because: (no reason given)

posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 04:50 PM
There were some great leaps forward technologically for humanity during World War 2 when all of society was focused on the war effort. It would be great if the same kind of urgency could be garnered toward addressing some of the issues that would enable us to really begin the 21st century with clean hands.

posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 06:46 PM
yes but did multiple people work together to create and implement these technologies? (i.e. cooperation)

now what if all people in all nations pooled resources ( material and minds) to progress?

you cant tell me the effect would not be a subjectively and objectively better for all people, or heading towards best..

evolution between species occurred within the system of competition

the reason the human being thrived to unreachable levels compared to other creatures is due to complex forms of cooperation, literally co creating our capacity for intelligence.
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posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 06:57 PM
I believe it just "turbocharged" it.
We would have got here eventually and probably with a lot less health problems in the process.

posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 07:11 PM
reply to post by ImaFungi

Indeed, but I think some competition is good - like the Olympics for example.

But I agree, wars should be fought on an intellectual battlefield.

I would like to see North America unite, South America unite, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Oceania unite under a banner of co-operation and have inter-continental competitions in all fields - science, who can develop the best electric car every 4 years kind of thing.

eh, my daydreaming is taking this off topic.

But yeah, collaboration and cooperation beats competition hands down.

posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 07:18 PM
reply to post by ghostsoldier

friendly competition is good, for the betterment of both parties and oneself... discipline, to see what another can accomplish and strive to meet or beat that level of achievement.. those are all good things,

posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 07:21 PM
and yes, when it is individuals competing for the biggest slice of pie against their brother, then fear of failure takes over and corruption and cheating occurs.... i.e. technologies being withheld.... planned obsolescence because of an economic structure that requires perpetual consumption and a debt cycle, consumer society, debt slaves... its a form of control, petty but effective and unchallenged.

and it looks real nice from the top regardless.
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