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  •  Well...at least nuclear fission IS a (0+ / 0-)

    technology though I think you lead with emotion here and not science.

    Slave/Wage slavery:

    This is not an "innovation" but a function of class society naturally developing from the advance of tribal societies to more advanced agricultural settled forms of production. it was something anyone came up with in terms of an 'invention'. It's wrong to poise it as such.

    Fossil fuels:

    You are clearly seeing something most people don't: Every single advance in the cultural level of  humanity has been accompanied by the deployment of: cheaper, more abundant, and denser energy generation and usages.

    In some says it includes technological innovation...or as a species only we can take fire and turn into something useful. But you might as well condemn fire because that was the first fossil fuel. We still need fossil fuel until we can really massively deploy non-carbon energy in a more or less universal way.

    The Space Shuttle???? ;

    Seriously? A "major blunder"? Priorities dude.

    David

    Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

    by davidwalters on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:34:22 AM PDT

    •  I explained this. (0+ / 0-)

      Drastic economic inequality is the most persistently destructive phenomenon to technological progress.

      The only reason we still need fossil fuel today is because we didn't begin phasing it out in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as we could and should have with no downside.

      And I also explained the prioritization of the Shuttle.  

      Democracy is a habit, not a circumstance.

      by Troubadour on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:08:37 AM PDT

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      •  In that period, the 70s and early 80s, only (0+ / 0-)

        nuclear could phased out fossil. And even then, zero to phase out transportation liquid fuels. Nothing was then available to do this.(the French are addressing this in a big way with charging stations for EVs which feed off the non-carbon electrical grid).

        I am only saying that the use of FF was not a subjective one but based on the tech levels of any given period. (Simply don't agree about the Shuttle being at all important but agree 100% on "LIFE FORCE"! GADDDD!!!!).

        The development of the productive forces is explained well by Marx and Engels and is a good science based understanding of the role of the mode of production vs the forces of production. Technology was hindered by slave society, much more liberated by capitalist one with a free labor force and a planned socialist economy no doubt would free it even more so, but more wisely.

        Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

        by davidwalters on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:53:55 PM PDT

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