I am a woman born 1949 and my quest is to find a mindmate
to grow old together as a mutually devoted couple
in a relationship based upon the
egalitarian rational commitment paradigm
bonded by intrinsic commitment
as each other's safe haven and secure basis.

The purpose of this blog is to enable the right man
to recognize us as reciprocal mindmates and
to encourage him to contact me:

The entries directly concerning,
who could be my mindmate,
are mainly at the beginning.
If this is your predominant interest,
I suggest to read this blog in the same order
as it was written, following the numbers.

I am German, therefore my English is sometimes faulty.

Maybe you have stumbled upon this blog not as a potential match.
Please wait a short moment before zapping.

Do you know anybody, who could be my mindmate?
Your neighbour, brother, uncle, cousin, colleague, friend?
If so, please tell him to look at this blog.
While you have no reason to do this for me,
a stranger, maybe you can make someone happy, for whom you care.

Do you have your own webpage or blog,
which someone like my mindmate to be found probably reads?
If so, please mention my quest and add a link to this blog.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

417. Speculations About Progress

Speculations About Progress

Agriculture started roughly 15,000 to 10,000 years ago.   But until about 1500, the life of the majority of people, being mostly farmers or craftsmen, did not change very much.  They toiled in hard physical labor, there were animals but there was not much machinery driven by either wind or water.    Farmer worked during daylight hours, after that they were exhausted and needed the hours of darkness to recover.  
Except the idle minority of the powerful class, people's entire time was consumed by survival activities.   

But in only about four centuries from about 1500 until 1900, the combination of mainly three factors started the development, that lead to today's level of technology.

  1. Printed books made more knowledge available to more people.
  2. First bright oil and gas lamps and later electricity replaced fire and candle as brighter light to spend more hours reading the books.
  3. Mass importation of coffee and tea enabled people to keep longer hours fully awake.

This created a surplus of time for people to learn, get trained and focus on reading, abstract thinking, scientific and technological inventions.   
This also gave more people a chance to make use of their talents and skills.   
It reduced the power of beliefs over people's thinking.  
The resulting inventions enhanced overall productivity, which led as a result to even more surplus time.

Of course, this is a very simplified look at history.....