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jason udall05/03/2014 09:54:36
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Found in old Starret book
" Man is a tool-using animal. Weak in himself and of small stature, he stands on a basis of some half square foot, has to straddle out his legs less the very winds supplant him. Nevertheless, he can use tools, can devise tools; with these the granite mountain melts into light dust before him; seas are his smooth highway, winds and fire his unwearying steeds. Nowhere do you find him without tools. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all."...Thomas Carlyle ( 1795-1881)

Edited By jason udall on 05/03/2014 09:55:21

Ady105/03/2014 10:10:35
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It's the technological advancements which have happened over the last 100 years which I find quite stunning

100 years ago we were basically good at metalwork and burned coal for power

Now what?

Medicine, flight (earthly AND space), computers, Internet, electronics, solar, new materials

amazing

Edited By Ady1 on 05/03/2014 10:11:48

mick05/03/2014 10:17:51
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Every step you take is the unavoidable consequence of the proceeding one and there beckons more, clearly total annihilation.

Albert Einstein.

Not trying to be clever, just another way of looking at the use of tools. Mick (still breathing)

Russ B05/03/2014 10:25:10
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truly stunning, imagine where the next 100 years will take us, and to add that, without communication we're nothing, 100 years without communication would potentially render us savage animals again - back to square one - sticks and stones?!

That said, could the world wide web, which is unquestionably the largest source of information (and tripe,,,) be the greatest tool of the century?

Ady105/03/2014 10:54:01
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That said, could the world wide web, which is unquestionably the largest source of information (and tripe,,,) be the greatest tool of the century?

Sightings of UFOs have apparently dropped to zero since the Internet went mainstream in 1998

All the kooks and fruitloops are now beavering away on the net

500 channels of junk TV 24/7 hasn't done us much good either IMO

Edited By Ady1 on 05/03/2014 10:56:44

Oompa Lumpa05/03/2014 10:54:45
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Anyone who is not in awe of the advances of the last three hundred years or so clearly have no understanding of what it is all about. Whatever IT is.

Personally, I try to pause and reflect. The Internet has changed my life in ways I still do not fully comprehend.

The best tool I bought, ever, are my glasses.

graham.

Bazyle05/03/2014 13:14:41
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"Without tools he is nothing"

Some people can do pretty well with their voice alone, not even needing instruments.

Bazyle05/03/2014 13:16:43
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"Without tools he is nothing"

Some people can do pretty well with their voice alone, not even needing instruments.

John Stevenson05/03/2014 13:19:02
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Also helps if there is an echo laugh

Neil Wyatt05/03/2014 19:14:00
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For an entertaining diversion related to this subject, try and track down Last and First Men, by Olaf Stapledon. A classic of early 20th Century science fiction.

Neil

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