I’m thinking again … put your thinking caps on with me…lol

United States
January 1, 2012 11:31am CST
If you look at the existence of mankind, you will see in prehistoric times as humans evolved into thinking beings who could solve the problems in their lives. They created tools from the stuff in their environment. They learned to create fires. Over the many thousands of years we evolved into people who could build things, and create machinery. I remember when I was in grade school when computers were used in school. The computers of that age were nothing more than a machine that worked on some kind of data punch card. I have no idea what they even did with those kinds of computers. Now just in my adult lifetime I have seen computers go from dinosaurs to little handheld computers like my iPhone. I can print documents from my phone. How smart mankind has gotten over the last 100 years. I believe that inventors tend to create improvements on things that are already invented. They then might get ideas how to do things better, and make things smaller. Have you ever thought of how smart people have become? Have you ever thought about who taught the first person to invent something? Like the first artificial heart. It didn’t work very well, but since then it has been perfected and people can live temporarily while waiting on a heart. What are your thoughts about how mankind has advanced his/her vast knowledge? Let’s open this discussion into all areas of technology … feel free to talk about what you know about the advancement of mankind over the last 50,000 years. Your thoughts?
6 responses
@savak03 (6686)
• United States
2 Jan 12
Well, my brain is a little sluggish this morning but I do admit that mankind has made some enormous advancements in the last 100 years or so. How they did it I have no clue, though. However I did have to weigh in on the first few lines of your discussion. You do know that there are many of us who believe in creation right? Therefore, mankind did not evolve from some prehistoric apelike creature.
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• United States
3 Jan 12
Hi Savak03, The creation story really doesn't really explain anything. The tower of babel doesn't really explain anything either. While many do believe in creation there are many who don't... and there are many who are of other religions with their own teachings handed down to them. In all due respect, this discussion really doesn't have anything to do with creation or religion. I don't like to bring religion into a non-religious topic simply because, although I am Christian, I am not religious. My beliefs are personal and private to myself, and I don't like arguing them or defending them on the Lot. This discussion was purposely NOT put in a religious interest section, so I was hoping to steer away from religion in this discussion because it is based on belief and not fact. At the same time, everyone is welcomed to leave a comment that advances the discussion. Any thoughts on how mankind advanced to where they are today and where they will be in the future are most welcomed. What I am really looking for is some thoughts on how man advanced himself. If we look to religion, we don't really get an answer. If God were to do it, why wait until the 20th and 21st century to open up the knowledge of mankind? But since there is no answer religiously, I didn't make this a religious discussion and would like to keep it out of that realm, because it doesn't advance the discussion in any way.
@savak03 (6686)
• United States
3 Jan 12
The only point I was trying to make was that I don't believe that mankind pulled himself out of some prehistoric sea to reach the advancement we have now. I realize that a lot of people can segment their religious life from the rest of their existence but I am not one of them. I am who I am and my Christianity permeates my whole life. Sorry if I offended.
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• United States
4 Jan 12
No offense taken. I know there are a lot of people who have different beliefs, so I try to not make a religious discussion because I don’t want to offend the masses here either.
• India
3 Jan 12
well as the process of life goes peoples will learn with their mistake. as it is aslo proved that with the passing generation , each generation is better and advance in thinking may be some genes is in control and with each passing generation their is a mutation occurs in that gene so they are becoming advance.
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• United States
4 Jan 12
I do believe that genius, and highly developed thinking can come from genetic factors. There are those who will always be average, and some below average and those who will be extremely intelligent beyond what is deemed ‘normal’. I think it is the free thinkers of this world that helps to advance society.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
1 Jan 12
first I want to say that there were no computers when I went to elementary school the computers were only in the government in the 1960's and maybe some very important businesses but they were not widely available like they were in the 1980's and onward. There were no computers in my high school either we learned how to type on a typewriter. now for you question, yes it is amazing but more amazing is the fact that ancient man had a lot more knowledge in some areas than we do today. Nobody knows how they build the roman roads, our roads of today are not as sturdy. Nobody knows how the houses in Venice have remained for 600 years without the founding crumbling being that they are under water. How did the ancient Mayas have sewer systems as good as the ones we have today and so on.
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• United States
2 Jan 12
I find myself wondering where this knoedge came from. Like who discovered new things in architecture without the aid of computer models and so forth. Who discovered how mathematics worked. Who taught the first teachers and so forth. I don't attribute everything I don't understand as some miracle of God. I want to discover how things really happened.
@manleyjoe (1599)
• United States
1 Jan 12
I am thinking that maybe we are giving ourselves to much credit and not giving God enough. Example would be our country, why are we having so much trouble, Could it be that we have forgotten God? I am even thinking this times were foretold in Isaiah that we would fall away from God and be punished. So my thinking would be that we should stop giving man so much credit and start thanking God for the wisdom he has given us.
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• United States
2 Jan 12
Of course you are allowed to believe what you believe. But if it were God why not have these new technologies a thousand years ago? Lots if us want to look outside ourselves when things go wrong as well as when things go right. Like when something bad happens it is the devil's fault or it is God's fault. The same with something good we tend to look outside ourselves. I'm not looking for a rigious discussion but of course any thoughts you have are welcomed.
@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
1 Jan 12
Hi PointlessQuestions, You have started a good discussion here and I hope that lots of people will express their views. Like you, I often think about these things and how much we have progressed in the last hundred years compared to other times in recorded history. Sadly, while we have progressed technologically,we have not kept up in other ways. True, the world is a much better place than it was a thousand or two thousand years ago, but nothing like it would be if we had kept pace spiritually. Why are we still killing each other? Why haven't we learned to respect each others views, instead of abusing each other both physically and verbally. You are right though about the advances in technology and it has been astounding. There just doesn't seem to be anyway to keep up with it anymore. There had to be some very bright people, even in what we think of as ancient times. Imagine all the languages in the world and how symbols had to be developed and written down. The same thing can be said for our number system. Who worked out the time, than divided the year into seconds and minutes right up to weeks and months? It is said that the ancient Mayan calender was more accurate than the one we use today. How were the pyramids built? We could go on and on, yet today things are changing almost by the hour. Blessings.
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• United States
2 Jan 12
Hi Pose! You bring up lots of stuff I think about. I think about how the different languages were developed and how was algebra invented to solve difficult problems. And how were chemistry equations invented and so forth. Many blessings to you Pose! PQ
@ravisivan (14051)
• India
2 Jan 12
a good point indeed. Mankind has progressed enormously during my life time itself. When I was born -- the present day comforts like AC, cell phone, computers, television, refrigeraors were not there or used only by rich people. Today every body is able to use it. Credit for this goes to scientists from western countries and also the hard labour of people from China and India who have made it possible by their work.
• United States
2 Jan 12
Yes. I believe when one scientist discovers how to make something, another scientist or engineer will come ing and improve upon it and it may be used for some other purpose. Then again someone else cones along and changes design and makes something even better.