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The melting pot — a family reunion

February 19, 2013

It seems strange that when we have disagreements with one another, it can be so easy to see the other person as stupid, uninformed, or even in the grip of evil influences....

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Feb-20-13 10:43 AM


The "nuclear genie" train of thought could be it's own discussion and the way I see it the question actually isn't "would we be better off it it was never been opened" since even without the Manhatten Project that bottle was going to be opened sooner or later.

The real question about it, as I see it, is would the US and the world have been better off if it genie was let out by someone else or at a different time?

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Feb-20-13 10:36 AM


I'd even go a step further and say most inventions/creations are not made in a vaccum and in fact relied upon earlier inventions and/or discoveries.

Even ideas that are were total breakthroughs and are opposed to the current thinking at the time can often be connected to earlier works because the new theory normally comes about because of a gap or inconsistancy of earlier ideas.

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Feb-20-13 9:07 AM

You are right Mike, but, that is where the universe led us. We were at the point where things had lined up to the place where nuclear was in order. There is a lot of good that nuclear can do, too. Unfortunatley, there was bad, and we as a world, were and are, at the place where this fit in and worked, be it good or bad, right or wrong. Just read what I wrote. Am I making any sense here, MikeDavis? Maybe I'll just stop :-)

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Feb-19-13 2:39 PM

Oh, I don't know would have cost a lot of lives but it might have ultimately been better if man had left the nuclear genie tightly locked in the bottle.

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Feb-19-13 10:14 AM

Good piece, Mr. Westlund. We are all connected; there is a thread that passes through us all and connects one to another. Steiner takes offense to one not being able to do it alone, but I do not. I believe you are right. Because we are all connected one has an affect on the other, and an inventor's learning experiences lead him to his invention. He created it alone, yes, but his life experiences had a hand in getting him to that point of clarity, understanding, and finally development. Another point that I feel people overlook is that something being right or wrong, good or bad, does not matter as much as "does it work." People get wrapped up in being right, but it is more important to ask "does it work?" than to ask "am I right?"

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Feb-19-13 8:56 AM

Mr Westlund , I fear you have insulted all the great poeple of history by your, none of us can do much alone comment. i guess Christ needed a cross and some executioners too ! All of our inventions were based on sometimes just one individuals work. Transistor, radio, etc. Compare this to the vast sea of humanity that are just air breathers and we have a problem. Your statement is right from the democrats who say always, you did not build that. If not for the great inventors, then just who invented the world we have ? the world the libs are trying so desperately to destroy ? Bohr and others did their work in nazi europe before rescue. If just like other people, how is it Bohr and others are revered to this day ?

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