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- I think Carl Sagan made a similar point to this cartoon at one point in his Cosmos book/TV series. The Greeks were (for their time) fairly sophisticated scientifically; they had the Antikytheras (sp?) device and a number of other technological developments, and Eratosthenes in 230 BC not only figured out the Earth was round but its approximate size as well. Had all this knowledge not been lost and further scientific inquiry stifled by the Church, we may well have been a mature spacefaring civilization by now (albeit one that spoke Greek).
(As an aside, Sagan also rightly laments the burning of the Library of Alexandria as another great blow to the knowledge of mankind.)May 27, 2012
- Greek isn't so bad.
We'd also have more rational opinions on sexual orientation too. I mean, the original Olympics were a bunch of naked, muscular men, oiled up and wrestling in the mud.May 27, 2012
- Ah, but they didn't think of themselves as naked unless their foreskins were pulled back.May 27, 2012
- Heh. Not that I have a problem with that.May 27, 2012
- Very good!May 28, 2012
- I do, of course, mean in a conceptual sense. It's not like I'm going to go join a nudist colony. I like my t-shirts.May 28, 2012