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Response to Polybius (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 9, 2018, 10:52 PM

7. Take a group of 50 modern individuals with a reasonably solid basic education.

Put them in a place rich in natural resources, food, water, minerals, but no tools other then what they could fashion from a natural environment.

I would bet my last beer it would take these people and their progeny at least hundreds of years to produce a working car, even though that first generation had the basic knowledge not only how a car functioned, but also basic math, chemistry, physics, metallurgy.

Our modern society is the product of billions of lives, over the span of thousands of years, working trillions of hours to accumulate not only the practical knowledge to conceive of something like a car, but also the infrastructure which is advanced enough to actually execute a design.

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