[LMB] Dark Ages [not], was, What makes ...

Howard Brazee 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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