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Originally posted by jude11
When we started reverse engineering UFO crashes it was all forward from there I believe.
Originally posted by nake13
Originally posted by MRuss
Are you sure it was Europe that advanced the world technologically?
The phone, the PC, the micro-chip...
I'm pretty sure these were all American inventions....
Alexander Graham Bell is credited with the invention of the telephone-Scottish
John Logie Baird invented the television-Scottish
Generally Britain was regarded as the father of invention(in reality most of the innovations were invented by Scots!)
Further examples include:
The Steam engine invented by James Watt-Scottish
The inventor of the first practical form of radar was Robert Watson-Watt-Scottish
The inventor of the pneumatic tyre is generally listed as John Dunlop-Scottish
the discoverer of penicillin was Alexander Graham Fleming-Scottish
The inventor of the first DEMONSTRABLE jet engine was Frank Whittle-Scottish
Gottlieb Daimler is generally credited with the invention of the car-German
The first practical computer was invented by Charles Babbidge-Englishedit on 15-3-2012 by nake13 because: .
However, if everyone fails to find that 'more mechanistic' reason, this will come to the forefront as an answer.
Why thank you sir, glad to help. But remember, it wasn't me, I simply quoted a single verse of scriptures from the divine and perfectly inspired King James Bible.......you guys would be astonished to find some other things that that Bible teaches......I can show you where modern scientists will claim global warming is the cause of the Tribulation and even comet Niburi..... well maybe it is
You answer is absolutely correct, and I am not even a religious man.
I don't think that many people here understood how BIG this is. You have put it so well in only two short sentences.
Originally posted by chr0naut
Humans have been around for ages (3 million or more years according to current Science) and yet it is only in the last 100 or so years that we have progressed from horse & cart to the Internet & Space.
The start of the upward spike of the application of knowledge could have occurred anywhere, (ancient India, China, the Middle East or Greece), at any time but it seemed to come mainly from Europe and only a few decades ago.
So, what was it? Or conversely, what propelled us forward?
Originally posted by stAtrill
Originally posted by chr0naut
Originally posted by CaptChaos
I defy anyone to think of something truly new that has been invented since WW2. Even ONE thing, that is not just a refinement of existing tech.
The overwhelming majority of that list are not inventions, just about every single one is either a discovery or an innovation. Some of them haven't even been observed, and some of them are now being shown to be erroneous. In the interest of being thorough, I will demonstrate this for you:
The science of genetics and recombinant DNA. - Discovery.
Spintronics, -Discovery. Nothing useful has come from this yet.
Graphene, Fullerines and other allotropes of Carbon. -Discovery, by definition.
Magnetic monopoles, -Again, discovery. Existed in nature beforehand (if this is shown to be true)
Superconductivity, and its associated discoveries. -You said it yourself.
String theory, M theory and Brane theories, -these are theories, not inventions. Nothing useful has been produced from them yet.
Theoretical dark energy, -Again, not an invention, and useless.
Hawking Radiation, -theory, useless
Memory Alloys, -innovation, they have been refining this one for the last 4 decades at least
Metamaterials and negative refractive index, -discovery. Existed in nature.
Space Travel, -Not an invention theory, or discovery. Shouldn't be on this list at all
Kevlar, -innovation. They had been iteratively improving plastic strength
Graphite Polymers, -Again, an innovation.
Lasers and Masers, -This may be the only invention on this whole list.
Nanotechnology, -Another discovery. Nothing useful has come of this yet
Neuro-chemistry, -This is still in the theoretical stages. Nothing useful blah blah blah....
Out of that whole list, Lasers may be the only real discovery. So no, you couldn't go on for ages. Lasers are quite possibly the only true invention that we have had. There may be a few more, but they have likely been lost to time.
Those don't qualify as "inventions", huh? Well...by that definition a spear was simply an "improvement" upon the knife. Is an aluminum can only a "tweak" of a clay pot? They both hold things.
Ok...here's one that wasn't around in WWII. How about the very internet you are using now. Or is that just an "improvement" upon the telegraph.
Your confusing a FUNCTION with an INVENTION. An aircraft carrier and a dug out canoe are both boats...but doesn't make them the same thing.
Originally posted by Semicollegiate
Anyone or any group of people with the means to restrict invention, have a plausible reason in atomic weapons to retard or abort new technology.
Also there is motivation to TPTB to keep things from changing and that includes invention and adaptation.
And a general tendency towards collectivism and centralization of power and authority takes away alot of the motivation from inventors, who face reduced return on their time or possibly jail time, and in the worst worst case assasination.
Didn't the rate of invention stop at about the Second World War and the detonation of atomic weapons? Nothing new but the LASER since then.edit on 23-3-2012 by Semicollegiate because: (no reason given)edit on 23-3-2012 by Semicollegiate because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Semicollegiate
reply to post by Damrod
Yes it would be ludicrous to say that the level of technology has remained the same.
However, all of the recent improvements in technology have been upgrades or adaptations of the basic inventions which exsisted about the time of WW2.
The computer goes back to WW2 era range and direction calculators and Alan Turing's decoder Bomb.
The sound cannon is like the Oprah star breaking a crystal glass
The rail gun is like the aircraft carrier catapult, (the rail gun film i've seen are Navy projects)
The pepper spray is like tear gas.
Basically since world war 2 we have invented the semiconductor and the LASER beam.edit on 24-3-2012 by Semicollegiate because: (no reason given)