I can’t imagine living in pre-historic/ancient times where the world was new and alien to humans.

(or I guess technically humans were new and alien to the world)

In today’s world there’s very little mystery left. Pretty much everything has been discovered and studied to death. If we want to know about a particular place in the world, or a particular plant or animal, we can look up all kinds of information on it without leaving our homes. Someone (or some people) have already learned all there is to know about it in the last couple thousand years.

I realize many of these people are wrong and things are constantly being rediscovered or reevaluated, especially in the areas of chemistry and physics… but I mean… we have satellite imagery of literally every corner of the planet. You can see what’s geographically at any location in the world without going there first (at a very high level, anyway)

Makes me even more curious what life/society will be like in another 1000 years (if humans are still around then, at least… at the rate technology is advancing I wouldn’t be surprised if we had rendered ourselves extinct by then)

Posted 2 weeks ago on Friday, April 4, 2014, 8:45pm
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can we ever really truly understand war
until we can put our fingers through the bullet holes,
smell the gunpowder,
and be devoured by the history of misery? it gets to me
thinking ‘bout ‘84, wondering,
if these troops got families of their own
don’t they realize the pain they’re causing?

what I’m fearing is a lot, man
its sad that they’re lost, even worse if they’re forgotten
bodies rotten, bulldozed, set ablaze
said they came to fight the terror, but its all a masquerade
blast away the buildings,
shoot the women and the children, drag us by our hair,
but don’t dare think we’ll disappear
we gon’ pick up the pieces ‘cause
history teaches that
freedom only exists when we can share in it

- Humble the Poet, (excerpts from) “Singh With Me”

Posted 2 years ago on Monday, October 24, 2011, 8:57pm 20 notes
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Summary of Conversation

Disclaimer: Pointless rambling ahead. Satisfaction not guaranteed. No refunds for time spent. Accuracy also not guaranteed. It is 3:30am and I don’t know what I’m talking about.

Science and religion both try to form explanations for things that happen in our universe. Since you can’t trust anything besides first-hand experience, how do you know what to believe?

Physics supposedly has set laws, and humans only discover them. However, I disagree with this. We observe our world and discover consistencies, and create laws based on those. The problem is, physics doesn’t always follow the rules. Sure it likes being consistent most of the time for convenience and aesthetics? but this is the reason there are still unexplained phenomena and exceptions to these man-made “laws”.

Time isn’t constant.

Acceleration is caused by an imbalance of forces.

The only thing we know about history (or the present, for that matter, at any place besides where we currently are) is what we are told. So we are forced to put our faith in other people. We can verify math or laws of physics on our own, but we can’t verify history.

Should history be recorded? There must be a proper balance in the way it is recorded between the amount of detail/specificity in the record, and the record’s longevity and decipherability. Video is undoubtedly the best way to record history, but it (or other digital/film recordings) might become obsolete and may not be compatible with future technology. Print writing or pictures will last longer. Pictures are more vague and prone to less clarity than written records, but what happens if a language becomes extinct? The picture would be more likely to be understood, while the written record may or may not be decipherable. Oral records can’t be destroyed, in a sense. They can however become altered or misinterpreted throughout many generations.

Technology is advancing at a frighteningly exponential rate. Consider technological advancements during the following ranges of years:

  • 3000 BCE - 1000 CE (4000 years): fire, wheel, language, swords/armor
  • 1000 CE - 1900 CE (900 years): printing press, gunpowder, railroad, electricity
  • 1900 CE - 2000 CE (100 years): airplane, color/audio film, atomic bomb, computer/internet
  • 2000 CE - 2010 (10 years): social network, smartphones, terabytes, 3G

We have gone from horse-and-cart moving along at 30mph to machines that fly through the sky at 2000mph carrying 1000x as much cargo, and we have gone from pointy sticks that can injure a man’s arm to a lump of metal that can incinerate an entire island in a matter of seconds. From traveling for months across the continent to relay a message, to communicating with one another on opposite sides of the world instantaneously. Revolutions are being organized overnight. The world’s getting faster and more dangerous.

As was mentioned before, acceleration is caused by an imbalance of forces. Perhaps the world just needs more balance. Or perhaps the acceleration is caused by something else. Human curiosity perhaps? Are we just becoming more curious? Or is it simply that the more we discover and learn, the easier it is to learn and discover more?

The only thing to do is wait and see what happens. There’s no getting off of this rollercoaster.

Posted 2 years ago on Monday, July 18, 2011, 3:31am 4 notes
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fuckyeahmiddleeast:

Roman ruins in Palmyra, also known as Tadmur, Syria.
-vincentganzon

 See this is the kind of stuff I want to see before I die.

Posted 2 years ago on Thursday, May 26, 2011, 8:06pm 20 notes
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Posted 3 years ago on Saturday, March 26, 2011, 3:38am
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As I read my history book, I am in awe of what the ancient people accomplished. Canals, pyramids, buildings that are hundreds of feet tall… without modern technology of course.

and I thought, “wow they are making us look bad. Nothing we do today could possibly rival the skills of the ancient people.”

Then I remembered we’ve developed things like MicroSD cards….

Posted 3 years ago on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 6:45pm
Tags: [technology]   [ancient]   [history]   
This is my textbook.
I wanna slap whoever thought it would be a good idea to throw in a random picture and caption smack-dab in the middle of a paragraph with which the picture/caption has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with.
It felt like someone just changed the channel while I was reading, or the book went on commercial break.
"Exercising their superior power, the nobles in many locations—- GRZHH We interrupt this program to show you a sixth-century amphora from the polis of Cronith."

This is my textbook.

I wanna slap whoever thought it would be a good idea to throw in a random picture and caption smack-dab in the middle of a paragraph with which the picture/caption has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with.

It felt like someone just changed the channel while I was reading, or the book went on commercial break.

"Exercising their superior power, the nobles in many locations—- GRZHH We interrupt this program to show you a sixth-century amphora from the polis of Cronith."

Posted 3 years ago on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 4:32pm
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