Re: Fear of Life (was Microsoft, Automation)

Dan Clemmensen (
Mon, 18 May 1998 20:47:27 -0400

ChuckKuecker wrote:
> At 04:00 PM 5/17/98 PDT, you wrote:
> >
> >
> >actually wouldnt you agree that the ancient greeks and even egyptians
> >had a fairly high level of invention
> >
While it's true that not all humans are equally innovative, we still
have a huge advantage over the greeks. In the greek culture, it about
a hundred people working full tijme to support one philosopher Those
hundred people (farm families, slaves and other household servants, etc.)
never got a change to be inventors. In victorian times, the ratio was
lower. Today, the ratio is much lower. I'd guess that today, in advanced
societies at least, a much higher percentage of potential inventors become
actual inventors.