[LMB] Beta Colony's lasting technology

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 5 06:28:49 BST 2013

Here's a possible take on why Beta has maintains a technological edge.
     The hostile environment of  the colonist's planet has forced them to
push their technological edge forward because they want to expand their
population. On Earth it would take a X amount of technology to Y amount of
effort to have offspring. On Beta that Y amount of effort would be
multiplied by the difficulty of living in a hostile environment. Therefor,
the amount of resources invested in X(technology) would be greater. So, the
more efficient their technology is the less effort that they would need.
     So, hypothetically, If you were to excavate a cavern to build a city
the more efficient your tools are the easier it would be to build your
cities the faster you can expand your population Q.E.D.  YES!!
     Well that' my hypotheses.

On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 11:00 PM, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>wrote:

> > From: Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
> > > Howard Brazee:
> > >> Beta Colony was leading edge before the Quaddies, and kept that edge
> for centuries.    That duration is extraordinary, especially when there are
> lots of rich planets wanting that edge for themselves.   I wonder how they
> kept it.
> Damien Sullivan:
> > > The intended answer seems completely obvious.  They maximize human
> > > potential and its realization from conception onward, to a unique
> > > degree, and they invest heavily in research.  Everyone's gene cleaned,
> > > with top pre-natal care and free education, scientist-explorers are a
> > > social elite, logic and egalitarianism and utilitarianism seem
> ingrained
> > > in the culture.
> Snips
> > > Howard Brazee:
> > How often do such characteristics for a country last for centuries?
>  Especially without religious style zealots ruling them?
> Gwynne:
> Beta was a leader in technology during the time of Falling Free.
> They are a leader in technology at the time of the Vorkosiverse
> novels.
> Those two periods are several centuries apart. There's no textev
> that Beta was in the forefront of technological advances for all of
> those centuries. Many cultures have been leaders for a while, then
> slipped back as others advanced, then moved back in front again.
> It's very possible that Beta is the same.
> Gwynne
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