posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 04:25 PM
reply to post by spartacus699
It would be more accurate to say that it could be built, but that doesn't mean I could build it. Especially when I can't speak the language of
whomever I encounter.
For instance, I know that steel needs iron and carbon, and a furnace capable of higher temperatures than was generally available at the time. I
don't know how to mine iron ore. I don't know a good source of carbon. I don't know the ratio of iron to carbon for good steel. I probably
couldn't explain to anyone of that era how to make a blast furnace or even why it should be built.
I'm reminded of a Twilight Zone episode. At least I think it was Twilight Zone. The Devil, played by Julie Newmar, made a deal with a millionare to
send him back a few decades. The first thing he did was buy a piece of land that he knew was rich in oil. He didn't realize that the drilling
technology of that time couldn't reach the oil, so the land was worthless to him. He tried to explain how to construct a derrick that could go deep
enough to reach the oil, but he didn't have the technical expertise to explain it.
He wound up spending his latter years as a janitor in the company he used to own, and his former janitor was the owner of the company.
That's how I could see things going. I would know the basics of, say, gun construction. But I would be lucky if I could make a workable flintlock
in a decade with what would be available in 2000 BC. And that would be if I could communicate to the people of the time what I was trying to do and
why. I would know that accurate maritime navigation would depend on creating an accurate chronometer, but I sure as heck couldn't build one.
Just surviving during that time would be a full time job, assuming I wasn't killed on the spot for being a demon or just plain different.