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  •  What ways? I personally prefer some of their (8+ / 0-)

    aesthetic sensibilities to modern ones, but other than that they tended to muck things up a bit, and I say that as someone who's applying for Classical Studies PhD programs as we speak. Brilliant people with super interesting cultures, but honestly we've progressed a lot since the olden days.

    •  I don't think the human mind has progressed... (2+ / 0-)
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      We have more technology with which to explore things--but was Einstein more of genius than Mozart who was in turn more of a genius than Galileo who was more of a genius than Pythagoras?  I don't think so.  I actually give teh ancients in many cases far more credit--because they fully engaged the world far more than we do today (yes, we have more data points--but they 'got it' more holistically).

      The scale of their achievements relative to the level of complex social and technological development was, I would say, absolutely astounding.

      •  I would disagree (0+ / 0-)

        For example even the awareness of needing to get it is a modern invention.  Human wisdom and awareness is cumulative and our ever intensifying training meaning on average people are smarter (IQ for example has increased dramatically). Do not discount the value of the accumulation of experience over time

        Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

        by Mindful Nature on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 10:00:01 AM PST

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        •  but what sort of IQ? I mean--now we know (0+ / 0-)

          how to get things.  But we know far less about how to do things.  'Creativity' is now more about competitive advantage and innovation in the marketplace than about inspiration.  Yes, we live longer--but I'd say that the world is probably far more of a miserable place than in times of low populations and more egalitarian socieites (ok, I don't know this one for a fact.. :)

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