Originally posted by Thequ1ck
Why didn't Africans thrive? What forces disallowed their development
as compared to Europe and Asia?
Why has Africa failed to reveal any technological achievements
Why is there such a disparity??? I mean we're talking grass huts
in the face of space shuttles and highrisers yet this is the oldest culture
Is it simply a case of grow up and get the fek out of Dodge?
I think it has to do with how people relate to nature, how people see nature, and what they feel their needs are.
China was the most advanced scientifical
for quite some time. Putting to shame a lot that was being done in Europe for centuries and yet the Scientific Revolution (the quick starter of society as we know it) happened in European countries and then spread to China and some other Asian countries.
This can be quite the long post and I don't have the patience to type all out so I'll just say a few basic things:
In most African countries, and for China at that time, the relationship the peoples had with Nature was a relationship of reverence (and some mistery too) and search for balance. While in Europe the peoples were becoming more and more rational in the way of approaching nature. On top of that balance with Nature wasn't really held up in high regard those days. It was more a time of making things the more comfortable and more assetable
That's why that after Calculus and the Newtonian/Copernician revolution came the advent of an understanding of thermodynamics and with it an important part of waht we now call the scientific revolution. I'm being quite laconic but this is quite the long theme and with a lot of discussions in it from people that studied/thought this matter for quite some time.
Nowadays with globalization (which really means ocidentalization) people from all over the world are starting to catching up with 17th, 18th century European world view and I expect important technological/scientific ( knowledge in general) to start pouring out from all over the place.
One importan question that I leave for you to ponder is this one:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibn_al-Haitham the guy that put the scientific method into science, formulated Fermat
's principle, the concept of inertia, had a very good idea of what gravity was really about, had a very good idea and handling of calculus, and the principle of mathematical induction, etc, etc, etc... (all those concepts that people relate to 16th/17th century Europe and that were great advances in science)