Originally posted by Human_Alien
reply to post by eriktheawful
Only five hundred years ago everyone thought differently. So what will it be like in another 500 years? The past usually dictates the future.
So, observation? Nah. That's just a catch-phrase. We truly don't know anything my friend. Our limited vision, hearing, smell, brain usage, DNA etc
really keeps us one notch above Neanderthals only we can propel ourselves now. Big deal. When we can walk through solid objects and telepathically
communicate, wake me up!
Our life-span (80 years?) pales in comparison to Earth's 5 billion years. We know nothing!
PS I'll try to see your avatar in a different light now
Actually, 500 years ago is a great figure, since in 1543 is when Nicolaus Copernicus
published just before his death, heliocentric cosmology which displaced the Earth from the center of the universe, and is considered one of the
fathers of modern astronomy.
This is also the century that Galileo is born.
Sir Francis Bacon helped really get the Scientific Method established during this time.
Kepler was also burn during this century, and his works on planetary motion.....ironic, isn't it? You cited 500 years before, and it produces one of
the fathers of Orbital Mechanics, gave me a bit of a chuckle.
Andreas Vesalius, published his work during this time, and is considered the founder of modern human anatomy.
Here are some things that were invented during the 1500s are are still in use as of today, 500 years later:
For the first time BEER was actually bottled! (before it was normally kept in wooden casts and served in pitchers).
The first flushing toilet!
The first pocket watch.
The letter "J" was added to the English Alphabet.
The modern square root symbol that we use in math today.
The first graphite pencil using wood.
The Gregorian Calendar that we still used today was introduced.
Galileo invents the Thermometer.
Yes, in 500 years, there could be a lot of changes of course. New things discovered, old theories replaced (or maybe confirmed even!).
But just remember........sometimes some of the things that we use now have been around for a long time.