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Let's take a good look at how rapidly humans have progressed. Let's say, in the early 1400's. Back then, humans believed the world to be flat (....how exactly would they know when they would fall off?) and that if you journeyed too far by boat, then you would fall of the face of the Earth. Christopher Columbus, proved that wrong. Later, in about maybe 1800's, humans have colonized just about every continent (excluding antarctica) on the Earth. But, humans don't really make a huge leap until the 1950's, when humans sent up Sputnik (mind you, I'm not too familiar with dates, so don't blame me if the dates are wrong). After that, humans were on a steep hill of technological advancement. In the 1970's (again...not too hot on dates), humans developed a computer, primitive, yes, but still, it oculd do basic calculator functions, and took up seven rooms. Now, humans have sent up numerous satellites, have propelled humans into space, and have transformed that massive seven room oversized calculator into tiny handheld processors that can fit on your key-chain. As for the computers, now, our computers can make millions upon millions of calculations per second, and we've even set up a network of computers using interfaces called "phone lines". or, the Internet. Has anyone heard about the Earth Simulator? It's a massive computer filled with hundreds (okay..maybe exaggerating there) of processors. It can calculate trillions of calculations per second, and has simulated Earth for up to ten years in the future, all the way up to thousand years into the future. Humans have made several advances through the short time of the 20th century. Now, as we emerge into the glorious 21st century, I find it hard not to imagine humans exploring different star systems, or creating great starships within the next century....

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On the contrary, most people knew the Earth was round before Columbus set sail.

Not that it has anything to do with what you're asking... Just thought you should know. I hate misconceptions.

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i like the idea of the world being flat. wud b interesting

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well it depends on the physics of it. If it is too expensive and difficult to get to the stars, then I cn't se us doing it. Capitalism will probably kill any dreams that people have.

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Communication and sharing of information makes all that possible. Why don't tiny mice have time to make a language? Because they are too busy trying to survive...to live, if word got around on how to get food easily and hide from or even kill a predator (snake) easily...they would have more time and would develope faster (as a species). You see the exponential growth of our technology and understanding of the world (science) because we develope better ways to communicate with each other which saves us time and that leads to us doing more as a species. Why should you and another human work on the same problem when one could be doing it while the other works on the next step? Then you share your information...and you now have more time to go onto bigger and better things. I'd say from this logic that the printing press was the greatest invention of all time...it was probably equivalent to the impact of the Internet.

It also helped that humans had the right body (thumbs, hands and such) to help with using tools which started it all.

But I believe in the future the sharing of information will be policed....or regulated is a better word. The advancements of what we can do will heavily depend on money (wealth) and politics (power)....just as it always has been since the first settlement and government.

I agree with Radical Edward that what we do will depend on the expense...unless something catostrophic happens. Capitalism does have its boundries but the beauty of capitalism is that it is usually accompanied with democracy, which can be reformed when it is absolutely necessary.

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Originally posted by Katie

no? what is happening to NASA's budget then?

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Now that commercial enterprises are looking at the stars I think we will get there a lot quicker. The masses have a lot of money and power not under Gov't control and can move mountains.

Just aman

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Originally posted by grazzhoppa

Communication and sharing of information makes all that possible. Why don't tiny mice have time to make a language? Because they are too busy trying to survive...to live, if word got around on how to get food easily and hide from or even kill a predator (snake) easily...they would have more time and would develope faster (as a species). You see the exponential growth of our technology and understanding of the world (science) because we develope better ways to communicate with each other which saves us time and that leads to us doing more as a species. Why should you and another human work on the same problem when one could be doing it while the other works on the next step? Then you share your information...and you now have more time to go onto bigger and better things. I'd say from this logic that the printing press was the greatest invention of all time...it was probably equivalent to the impact of the Internet.

Language, actually, was proven to be innate in human beings. Language in human beings is important not only as means of communication, but for logical thinknig too. It is something in our genome.

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Originally posted by aman

Now that commercial enterprises are looking at the stars I think we will get there a lot quicker. The masses have a lot of money and power not under Gov't control and can move mountains.

Just aman

Governmnt could get there alot quicker if it had any drive. jsut think f the mount of money wasted because ESA, Lockheed etc etc are all spending money developing entirely different rockets, when they may as well dump it all into something a bit more innovative.

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Language, actually, was proven to be innate in human beings. Language in human beings is important not only as means of communication, but for logical thinknig too. It is something in our genome.

could you be more specific or give a source?

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my reply is people have a drive to make life easier by solving one problem and inturn creating a new set of them. First before we go to space there should be a need. like overcrowding or some sort of disaster. we are a very inovative species when we are pushed into the fire.

another thing that could push us into space exploration is just our curyosoty of what is out there. for that is a need aswell to know all there is to know about our enviorment and be able to exploite it.

and i think that the goverment doesnt do a good job at getting anywhere as productivly as the private sector. there isnt the inishitive (i know i cant spell sh... let me have my illutions anyway that i can) , the drive, the need to suceed in the quest to find the answer. the thing that goverment has going for it is unity in a single direction and unlimited funds.

Goverment is more like a skeleton for the economy and individuals to grow on in a certain fashion. it can give direction not the inishutive to do it.

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my reply is people have a drive to make life easier by solving one problem and inturn creating a new set of them. First before we go to space there should be a need. like overcrowding or some sort of disaster. we are a very inovative species when we are pushed into the fire.

another thing that could push us into space exploration is just our curyosoty of what is out there. for that is a need aswell to know all there is to know about our enviorment and be able to exploite it.

and i think that the goverment doesnt do a good job at getting anywhere as productivly as the private sector. there isnt the inishitive (i know i cant spell sh... let me have my illutions anyway that i can) , the drive, the need to suceed in the quest to find the answer. the thing that goverment has going for it is unity in a single direction and unlimited funds.

Goverment is more like a skeleton for the economy and individuals to grow on in a certain fashion. it can give direction not the inishutive to do it. but if it can find an inishutive for the private sector to want or need it then it will be accomplished. But that will still be a bit off for now because we dont have a reason to go out there yet in that manner. But im sure that our goverment will find us one someday.

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it did it twice i thought i didnt do it sorry about that disregaurd the first one

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:bravo: this be a cool topic.

Think of this. We think that the exploration of the universe through starship travel would be an astronomical achievement, but we are way behind the times. Haven't you heard?

A long time ago in a

galaxy far, far away...

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A LONG TIME AGO. Thats a true story, by the way. It's not just a story, it's history. And it was a LONG TIME AGO. If they had star fighters, then we are prey just waiting to be found by interstellar smugglers, like Huts.

Our scientific discoveries are way behind the times.

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Also notable in this topic is the difference between intragalactic and intergalactic travel. In Star Trek terms, it would still take thousands of years at warp 9 to get to another galaxy.

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Originally posted by Giles

could you be more specific or give a source?

Studies on infants around the world show that they all go through the same stages in learning a language. They start by learning words (from their own parents' languages), then by using telegraphic speech, and so on.

Our psychology professor also suggested that if you have two people that are isolated from the outside word, they would develop their own language. He even said that twins in many cases develop their own languages that is only understood by them.

Of course, the language itself is learned, the ability is what is innate.

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[...]Our psychology professor also suggested that if you have two people that are isolated from the outside word, they would develop their own language. He even said that twins in many cases develop their own languages that is only understood by them.[...]

One of our former emperors (some centuries ago) tried this in order to get to know "god's language" (he thought the language learned by these two children on their own would be god's language). He failed. Both children died.

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that brings up an interesting point what is our inert language?

what i think it is:

language is the conveying of ideas and emotions so that others could understand them. i was watching a video on emotional developement and we start out with physical expressions. so i guess if we just showed are language with physical expressions with our face our whole life we would be offuly renkely...jk

so why do we talk? im not sure why?

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Originally posted by liljohnak

[...]so why do we talk? im not sure why?

If anyone has an idea let us know about it...

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liljohnak ..

Billions of years ago, that was actually the case. People could only use physical expressions as means of conveying thoughts and information. Then a mutation happened and some people gained the ability to speak. So there were two colonies: the mutas (can't talk) and the spichas (can talk).

One day, the king of the spichas sent the king of mutas a gift, spichas' most advanced and sophisticated mobile phone with GPRS, bluetooth, color display and all the goodies. The king of mutas felt so offended and declared war against the spichas.

The two armies were lined up against each other, and war there was. After 15 minutes, the spichas sent their secret batch of army men from behind. Mutas' observers could easily see the spichas coming, and they wanted to warn their troops. Of course, that was too hard, because the troops were busy fighting and they couldn't see the message (being broadcasted in physical expressions).

That is actually how natural selection selected out people without the ability to speack.

Sorry, for the OT.

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i like that analogy its a good one.

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Humanity has been focusing, then excelling in one field at a time for a very long time. Perhaps this is some evolutionary sideeffect of intelligence- we have to ponder something at one time. It just so happens that this particular modern focus happens to be so successful in evolutionary terms.

First it was food gathering (or something I dunno). In the time of the Ancients it was empire-building, culminating in the Roman Empire, and possibly the later English, French and Dutch colonisation empires. But in the end all these empires sort of petered out and were replaced by democracies.

Whilst we may think of science beginning with the Greeks it really was a part of philosophy. It was introspective "science". There haven't really been many huge developments in philosophy since then. Maybe a few choice quotes here and there "I think therefore I am" yada yada, but on the whole most of the big stuff was done then.

In approximate chronological order... The Romans were poets and orators. The Arabians were matheticians. The Christians were religious and moralists. They excelled in those fields and refined them to a point where all major discoveries have really been made and now are being fine-tuned.

Science has exploded and now it seems its petering out. To give one example, medicine, before it was just Alexander Fleming with one petri dish (an exageration of course) now its giant pharmaceutical companies with giant amounts of cash. But they are making less discoveries than ever.

To me we're not making giant amounts of progress for the time alloted. We just so happen to be focusing on a field which has so many different applications to "real life".

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