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Old 01-16-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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Actually there are probably a lot of "improvements" even today that never happen because they can't overcome the "prevailing order" (in which economic forces have now replaced religious ones).

The arguments re: replacing gasoline-powered vehicles with electric ones is probably a good example, where the obstacles aren't just technological.
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:50 AM
 
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Actually there are probably a lot of "improvements" even today that never happen because they can't overcome the "prevailing order" (in which economic forces have now replaced religious ones).

The arguments re: replacing gasoline-powered vehicles with electric ones is probably a good example, where the obstacles aren't just technological.
Not to deviate too much from the thread, but you have to keep in mind what is entailed in change. There is already a huge and costly infrastructure in place, which enables us to fuel gasoline-powered vehicles at almost no cost except replenishing the raw material. All the basic research, wells, tankers, pipelines, refineries, marketing, delivery stations, etc. have already been paid for and are up and running. To switch to an alternative fuel, it would be necessary to duplicate a corresponding infrastructure, built from the ground up, with all new capital investment, in order to R&D a system of delivering the energy to the vehicles. Not going to happen without an awful lot of kicking and screaming.

So the obstacles are economic, and that is what screams the loudest in our society, and will do so until you can persuade people to religiously work for nothing.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:11 PM
 
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It's the "kicking and screaming" parts I'm referring to, not the "economic" ones. And while the risk of being burned at the stake as a "heretic" was admittedly more severe, the other "disincentives" today have proved no less effective... whether it includes drug entrapment and being driven to bankruptcy (in the case of John DeLorean), or the current "anti-global warming" skepticism (manufactured and funded by the Energy industry & Big Oil).
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:04 PM
 
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Nevertheless, the exercise is not to change the world forever, but to simply demonstrate some 21st century knowledge that would reveal to 11th century man that you know how to do something that he can't do, something that could be replicated if desired, and be able to demonstrate hands on that it works.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:10 PM
 
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Does that mean this "21st century knowledge" has to reflect 21st century conservative "ideology" too...?
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