Re: Meta: Future Religion, j. campbell

J. R. Molloy (
Fri, 1 May 1998 19:01:34 -0700

From: Jones, Spike
>as for the power of myth, i propose
this thought experiment. imagine
>everyone who reads this newsgroup.
would you estimate there are
>a couple hundred of us? imagine us
being bundled into a time machine
>and transported back 1000 yrs to 11th
century europe. what would you
>our half life, the time when half would
be murdered by terrified neighbors,
>burned at the stake for witchcraft,
etc? a month? two? spike

How many M-16s, and how much ammo do we
get to take with us? <g>

Actually, you don't need to go back that
far to see what would happen with such a
culture clash scenario. Just a few
centuries ago Europeans traveled to a
distant and primitive land... and
conquered it. "A couple hundred of us"
technocrats could probably whip Medieval
asses in less time than it took for
yankees to build a transcontinental
railroad from scratch.

Conclusion: Myth may have its power, but
science kicks butt (and saves lives when



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