Friday, October 22, 2010
Inventions that Shaped Mankind
6. Printing Press. Most definitely an invention that shaped the world. If books, magazines, newspapers, all had to still be handwritten, education, intelligence, learning-as we know it- would be lessened tremendously. There would be no libraries, no way to get information to the masses of people, being an author wouldn't be a desirable job, and learning wouldn't be entirely uniform as far as the information. Owning books, magazines, etc, would be a luxury that only the rich could afford. 'Hey man, have you read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn yet?' 'No, that was only written a little over 100 years ago- haven't gotten my hands on a copy of it yet.' Or, 'Do you own a copy of the Bible I can borrow?' 'Hahaha, that's a good one, I'm not rich.' Yeah, that's how the world would be now....
8. Airplane. Yes, after much debate, we decided to put the airplane a little further down on our list than we saw on other lists. It is one of the greatest inventions ever, made it possible to see the world, to promote overseas business, to move away from that crazy cousin that can't seem to stop coming by your house unannounced. But, I can't say it's better than modern medicine, or a machine that brought literature to the masses. It's definitely an invention that has shaped mankind as we know it, and to be quite honest, one that completely confuses me. How does a mass of metal weighing possibly several hundred tons, even get into the air and stay there? I've seen a not-so-strong breeze blow a bird off course, and they were heavenly designed to fly. What the hell?