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Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand. -
Originally posted by DISRAELI
The Victorian definition of discovery was effectively "to reach a place and bring back information to the European world".
That was how one explorer could "discover" a source of the Nile by using local guides.
If we follow that definition, it rules out all the pre-Columban "discoveries" except the Vikings, because nobody else brought information back to Europe.
If we discard that definition, the only sensible alternative is "first arrival".
This means that all the legendary or proposed "discoverers", like Welsh saints in coracles, are ruled out by not fitting either definition.
edit on 18-6-2013 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by all2human
The psychology of who discovered what first is a flawed one, there were no national boundaries as we have now, we were quite simply a migrant species surviving and adapting to the enivironment, we all come from the earth, sustained by it and belong to it not the opposite as we are lead to believe,we are quite literally family There is much to learn from our past imo, besides the earth doesn't play finders keepers, well it does...edit on 21-6-2013 by all2human because: (no reason given)