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Shuaib

TS Rookie
Pissing contests between squid person and dragon explains to me the reason why mankind has only reached this level of mastery in 100 000 years. We are too busy upping the ante, proving the other wrong and killing dead the other human. No, lets not progress mutually. Because we must win, stand king of the castle. That's the problem with the human. And that's why we are archaic after still 100 000 years.
 

Squid Surprise

TS Evangelist
Pissing contests between squid person and dragon explains to me the reason why mankind has only reached this level of mastery in 100 000 years. We are too busy upping the ante, proving the other wrong and killing dead the other human. No, lets not progress mutually. Because we must win, stand king of the castle. That's the problem with the human. And that's why we are archaic after still 100 000 years.
Who's archaic? And I'm not pissing anywhere... just pointing out how inane jared's complaint about the article was.... the flaw was that Jared was pissing into the wind....
 

Shuaib

TS Rookie
Just highlighting the vicissitude of our human nature. Is there any reason to overtly correct each other in the manner above? To point out our errors in such a competitive manner? That's why we will take another 100 000 years to surpass light speed or download our collective conscious into a hard drive. Or maybe we'd blow ourselves up before then.
 

Squid Surprise

TS Evangelist
Just highlighting the vicissitude of our human nature. Is there any reason to overtly correct each other in the manner above? To point out our errors in such a competitive manner? That's why we will take another 100 000 years to surpass light speed or download our collective conscious into a hard drive. Or maybe we'd blow ourselves up before then.
That's how we learn and advance actually.... it's our fierce and competitive natures that allow for progress :)

You'll note that many of our greatest technological advances were made during and BECAUSE of wars....
 

Shuaib

TS Rookie
It's an interesting concept. That mankind progresses this way. That without stimulus and provocation, we would be placid amoeba. That we must be provoked out of our cave. That we must defend. That ego, which is held to disdain in society, is rather a progressive trait for our species. But what if we collaborated and held respect for our fellow human beings, that we excluded blood shed or general insulting, brinksmanship -- would we not advance faster as a species? Would we not create a better world? A better life? Or do we need to devour ever reducing resources for the sake of solitary achievement and fulfillment at the expense of another's failure and suffering.
 

Squid Surprise

TS Evangelist
It's an interesting concept. That mankind progresses this way. That without stimulus and provocation, we would be placid amoeba. That we must be provoked out of our cave. That we must defend. That ego, which is held to disdain in society, is rather a progressive trait for our species. But what if we collaborated and held respect for our fellow human beings, that we excluded blood shed or general insulting, brinksmanship -- would we not advance faster as a species? Would we not create a better world? A better life? Or do we need to devour ever reducing resources for the sake of solitary achievement and fulfillment at the expense of another's failure and suffering.
Possibly.... but then we wouldn't be humans any more... human nature is what it is - it's gotten us this far, don't knock it too hard :)
 

RobStow

TS Enthusiast
Pissing contests between squid person and dragon explains to me the reason why mankind has only reached this level of mastery in 100 000 years. We are too busy upping the ante, proving the other wrong and killing dead the other human. No, lets not progress mutually. Because we must win, stand king of the castle. That's the problem with the human. And that's why we are archaic after still 100 000 years.
Pissing contests were so much more fun when, as young children, we just did things like write our names in the snow. However, those childhood games did turn out to have some value as we reached adulthood: if that signature in the snow looks anything like what the bank would accept on one of your cheques you are OK to have another beer.
 
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Raoul Duke

What I want to know is how we could invent thermonuclear bombs, but couldn't figure out how to build a color tv set.
 

RobStow

TS Enthusiast
What I want to know is how we could invent thermonuclear bombs, but couldn't figure out how to build a color tv set.

At the time H-bombs were being built, someone probably had already figured out how to make colour CRTs - whether for use in TV's or in the computers that very, very few people had. What they hadn't yet figured out was a process to make those colour CRTs in a way that they would be cheap enough for your grandfather or mine to buy. Making a few widgets where cost doesn't really matter - like H-bombs - is entirely different from making millions of doodads - like colour TVs - where keeping costs down is paramount.
 
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