6 comments on “Pick 3

  1. Mine would be:

    1) Modern farming techniques / genetically modified food, for without them, the would would be unable to sustain the current population.

    2) Mass Production / Logistics

    3) Antibiotics

    One thing that pains me is that I can’t list spaceflight. Very depressing.

    Excellent post, Mr. Legion. Really made me think, there.

  2. I disagree with your listing of the Airplane. The world was already a “small” place by the middle of the 19th century, even though it took weeks to make a voyage from one hemisphere to the other. Despite inconvenient travel times, you had the telegraph spreading news lightning fast, people moving all over the world, troops moving all over the world to fight wars, etc. I think the airplane only sped up this process – and, the airplane has never been as cheap or as readily accessible to the common masses as other means of transport that have been around considerably longer (trains, for example).

    I tihnk Name Hidden’s listing of Antibiotics is a very worthy contender for the top 3 spot – without mass produced antibiotics the world would be a lot different.

    Personally, I would replace Airplane with the discovery of DNA by Watson and Crick (and Rosalind Franklin, who should have been on the receiving end of their shared Nobel). Discovering DNA and how to image it through x-ray crystallization opened up doors to a whole new field of science — genetic engineering, which, for better or worse, skewed the last 50 years of the 20th century significantly. I would also suggest Einsteins general theory of relativity, which in its own way led to both the Atom Bomb and (obliquely, the way a shadow describes an unseen sun) quantum mechanics.

  3. All good stuff.

    Now if I could even remotely get more people than my audience of two (sometimes three) to read my site, this could be a great little exploration.

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