What would Galileo think?

Day 083/100

Curiosity landed on mars, this I think is an apt title for is it not curiosity that has pushed mans need to explore beyond the limits of this small watery planet. But what strikes me more is how someone like Galileo would think about all this? What would he say? Would he even believe it possible for man to have left the earth and landed on the moon? Would he think it a good thing or a bad thing to exploring space? Or would he find the whole process fascinating and like any past mind of greatness just let his curiosity get the better of him and just see what happens. I think with the technological advances made over the last century what the early pioneers in mathematics, physics, medicine, chemistry, science, botany and biology would think of where man is today, could they have foreseen what advances were to be made using their discoveries as the foundations for this future knowledge. Unfortunately they are not with us today but can only imagine them sitting together in some great big lecture hall arguing the merits of the internet, mobile telephones, digital cameras, MRI imaging, decoding DNA or putting a man in space. I wonder if they think we got it right or wrong and what would they have done differently, would be interesting to see a few of them converse with their respective counterparts today. Who knows?

Out of Touch

Day 017/100

I think I have finally lost touch with the contemporary world. How can I be able to sing the words to songs from decades ago but still need someone to explain what Facebook and Twitter are, or what their purpose is. Still can not grasp why cell phones are so necessary, its not like we actually talk to each other anymore, people text. Not in a legible language, but one created from an incoherent mix of numbers and letters. It makes sense to someone just not me. No one takes the time to write a letter anymore, or very few people do. A friend of mine does and its wonderful to get a letter every so often packed with news, clippings and photographs of what is going on in the Great White North. The written words fill in the missing bits of news we could not get to in our telephone conversations. I have found that although technology is important I can still look up something in a book quicker than using Google, and its easier to call and ask a question than try and attempt to text. I think you need the capabilities and dexterity of a octopus to get one written in this century. What I wonder is that with such an abundance of technology integrated within our everyday lives, if it disappeared tomorrow, could we survive? I am fairly sure we could with the additional benefit of returning to a time where man is made to think and problem solve, with the result that the creation of new knowledge would be significant and valued. But most importantly we would have the time to reflect on the new knowledge without it becoming obsolete before the day was out.