[LMB] Dark Ages [not], was, What makes ...
howard at brazee.net
Fri Aug 23 21:30:52 BST 2019
> On Aug 23, 2019, at 12:46 PM, Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com> wrote:
> The scientific revolution proved conclusively that you can produce
> infinitely more practical applications by expanding the scope of abstract
> knowledge. We didn't learn about electricity in order to meet needs and
> desires, a bunch of nerds studied it because they were curious. The Romans
> accumulated techniques and collated data, they didn't seek understanding,
> and so their understanding did not increase. The early years of
> Renaissance discovered more about how the world worked than the Romans
> managed in the entire extent of their empire.
There are advantages to stability. Water-Rights societies can last a long time.
But then the Cetagandans arrive, with advanced technology and you have to adapt to survive.
More than adapt. Build a culture where change is necessary.
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