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If the entire human race was to lose every single piece of technology available today, and every human mind was set back to that of 10,000 BCE, would we still be able to develop the same exact technologies that we have today, or would everything be different? amirite?

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I've had this thought for a long time. The world could have developed whole different cultures, technologies, who knows?

Joe_Larsons avatar Joe_Larson Yeah You Are +17Reply

Dunno. But no idiots making up stories and calling them "religions" would be quite an accomplishment

MrTies avatar MrTie Yeah You Are +1Reply

There are some things that seem essential to any kind of advanced technology - electricity, transistors, etc. I can't think of any good alternative to base it on. But things would almost certainly be totally different. I've always been surprised with how long it took for people to come up with anything like the telegraph, for example - it's such a simple device for communication and yet it didn't really get used until at least the 18th century. It seems like the Greeks and Romans should have been using it already, if not someone before that.

@duckshirt There are some things that seem essential to any kind of advanced technology - electricity, transistors, etc. I...

so are you saying that even though these things are relatively simple to come up with, we won't re-invent them because we'll be something completely different? Or just that we would invent them FASTER?

Interesting but, i am going to go with the belief that everything would be different. Because, if i understand the scenario, we would still have the quantity of people in the same places that we have today, as such whole new countries would spring up, thus changing the wars that would happen and war often leads to innovation. In order to get the same results we would have to be reset to 10,000 b.c.e perfectly, and than it would have to play out in the exact same way.

it depends if we stuble upon the same path we did before the big guy hit the reset button.

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