Dependent and Clueless

technologyToday is Sunday, September 1, 2013.

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”  –Carl Sagan

It’s true.  I turn on the electric lights all the time, but I cannot give you a working definition of electricity to save my life.  I have an iPhone now, but I have no idea how it works.  I mean, I can press the buttons and make phone calls and text messages, set my alarm clock, play games, look up where something is on a map, read my email, etc., but I don’t know how it is that my phone can do all these things.   Same goes for my computer, which has quickly become my world, in that it is my main contact with friends, and my source of news, a way to make money, and shop without leaving home.

There is some evidence nowadays that the three Great Pyramids of Giza were built using machines and technology, rather than by hand, but if the descendants of the original builders still exist, they no longer have the knowledge their forbears had.  Was the society in which those builders lived like ours?  Were there, perhaps, only a few who knew how things like this were done?  Were the majority of people then like they are now: clueless?

There is also emerging evidence of man-made structures in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia that predate what we know of as “history,” and these structures suggest the builders were from high-tech civilizations.  What happened?

There is also evidence of several types of disasters, including natural disasters and a man-made one: nuclear war.  The evidence for a nuclear blast includes a huge crater in India that does not contain any material from a meteor.  Take a look at the Mahabharata, the Indian epic poem.  Here’s a translation:

It was a single projectile
Charged with all the power of the Universe.
An incandescent column of smoke and flame
As bright as the thousand suns
Rose in all its splendour…

…it was an unknown weapon,
An iron thunderbolt,
A gigantic messenger of death,
Which reduced to ashes
The entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas.

…The corpses were so burned
As to be unrecognizable.
The hair and nails fell out;
Pottery broke without apparent cause,
And the birds turned white.

After a few hours
All foodstuffs were infected…
….to escape from this fire
The soldiers threw themselves in streams
To wash themselves and their equipment.

****

Sounds like a nuclear blast to me?  What do you think?

There’s more:  from archaeological sites in Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, in what is now Pakistan, skeletons have been unearthed that are radioactive, on a par with what was found in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after they were bombed.

There’s other evidence, as well, in the Sahara Desert.  There are 28 fields of blackened, glass-like stones that cover thousands of square miles each in western Arabia.  The stones are densely grouped, suggesting that perhaps they are the remains of cities that were burned in a nuclear blast. The stones are not volcanic, and they can be dated to a time when the area is thought to have been lush and fruitful.  Suddenly it became a desert.  Why?

On the natural side, there is evidence in Egypt of huge climate changes that resulted in a major drought around the time the Pyramids are thought to have been built.  There was also, apparently, a global mega-drought about 4,200 years ago.

Evidence for another major natural disaster has been found in what is now Wyoming, that could have happened more than 140 million years ago.   We know that there was a volcano that erupted on the island of Santorini, in Greece, around 1645 B.C.

The point I’m making is this:  if a natural or man-made disaster occurred today, would enough people who know how technology works survive?  Or would our descendants who survived have to invent the wheel all over again?

Think about it!  :-/

 

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