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During which century did mankind take the biggest step?


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Brief question, complicated answer. Naturally, many of our answers will be biased, considering we were all born in the 20th century. When I first pondered it, I thought the 20th century for sure. Then I thought about it a little bit, and it's a tough call. Get out those time machines......

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The 20th century is the greatest regarding progress simply due to the ideology of progress. If you break down the word technology, the most current century always wins this argument with the exception of times of regression such as the dark ages.

One can argue what actually was the first piece of technology, I've always argued the plow. Technology in society is an interesting subject. How we use technology and ideas for progress is even more so, to me.

Which century made the greatest leaps and bounds should be relative to what was required to exist before said century.

Oh dear, I've gone cross.

I guess my point is that each century's progression is directly related to the progress made before it. Since our technology has become automated in this past century, the amount of progress soared in comparison to others of the past due to technology, but not intellectual property and theory.

A better question would be which century en-capsuled the greatest discoveries and/or inventions? Arguments could be made for many. I'm not enough of a historian to pick. So I'll go with the 20th on a tangible level. The 15th, 16th and 17th centuries stands out to me on an intangible level.

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between 1900-2000, the progress was just mindblowing compared to everything beforehand.

Everything from going into Space, to cloning.

Actually, Arthur Clarke mentioned in one of his books, that his mother was alive for both the Wright Brothers and Neil Armstrong.

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I am going to suggest that it's the Twentieth Century without a doubt. Largely because I don't believe that in any other century have we both take the biggest step forward in so many things (science, technology, etc...) and backwards in so many others (society, morals, values, etc...). The entire human race was in massive change from the first days of the Century until the final moments of the Y2K scare. Unfortunately it wasn't all GOOD change.

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One can argue what actually was the first piece of technology, I've always argued the plow. Technology in society is an interesting subject. How we use technology and ideas for progress is even more so, to me.

The bow predates the plow as far as I know, and nets have been around longer still.

Considering the skill required to produce quality stone tools, I would argue that stone knives and axes are most certainly pieces of technology, and have been around for hundreds of thousands, even millions of years.

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according to some forgotten teacher back in the day. due to tech, populations, and rapid transfer of information, we as people would be able to double the amount of information that we knew between 1995 and 2000, meaning - all knowledge. did this happen? I have no idea. but it sure sounded cool in class.

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and backwards in so many others (society, morals, values, etc...)

I know theres a lot you dont like about society today, but you don't think civil rights or child labor laws and basically a push towards ending racism weren't huge leaps in these areas?

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Politically the biggest step forward was in the 18th century, biggest step backwards was the 20th and into the 21st. Technologically the biggest step forward was the 20th century, the biggest step backwards was what? 2nd century AD?

Morally it is a wash. It seems like these are bad times that lack any values, but you can trace people who had forms of porn, sex orgies, self-mutilation, drug use, etc. throughout the centuries. Sure it seems like there is more of it than ever, but there are more people than ever and those are issues that have and probably will always exist. There were still sick twisted rapists and coke heads in the 19th and early 20th century. I would say the 20th century went backwards but at least in American society equality has come about. Some good, some bad, IMO humans are and have always been strange and totally ****ed up just like a large amount are today, we just think it is worse in our time because we are living in it. Sure we lost some common respect and values like ones that are unrealistically on display in Leave it to Beaver but we gained things in other areas.

In terms of violence the 20th century obviously takes the cake as a major step backwards. The two biggest wars ever, millions dead...terrible. Then again I can't really think of a century where we took a step forward in warfare...I'm pretty sure whenever it happens (which it does multiple times every century) everyone takes a step backwards, just depends on how big of a step.

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Morally it is a wash. It seems like these are bad times that lack any values, but you can trace people who had forms of porn, sex orgies, self-mutilation, drug use, etc. throughout the centuries. Sure it seems like there is more of it than ever, but there are more people than ever and those are issues that have and probably will always exist. There were still sick twisted rapists and coke heads in the 19th and early 20th century. I would say the 20th century went backwards but at least in American society equality has come about. Some good, some bad, IMO humans are and have always been strange and totally ****ed up just like a large amount are today, we just think it is worse in our time because we are living in it. Sure we lost some common respect and values like ones that are unrealistically on display in Leave it to Beaver but we gained things in other areas.

This is a direct symptom caused from the 20th Century's boom in technology. The world shrank. For all of history the quest has been to grow our world. With the onslaught of the communication and travel technology advancements, the people of the world were exposed to each other much greater then ever before. Behavior previously thought of as rare or unspeakable, was now visible for the whole world to see, and deal. Morales have now been put in a revolutionary state. We now search for the way a true one world should behave. The mixture of cultures has created a new homogetic culture. This world culture needs to mature.

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LOL. I think Peter right though, somewhere back there we started to talk. That was bigger than anything since.

Well, I was going for the first time man actually made a tool (vs. picking up a stick and using it as a tool ala chimps). I'm guessing though I've gone to far back.

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I know theres a lot you dont like about society today, but you don't think civil rights or child labor laws and basically a push towards ending racism weren't huge leaps in these areas?

I would suggest that the very small steps we took forward in certain areas of society were completely overwhelmed by things like the Women's Liberation movement and the massive rise in Socialism on a societal level throughout the entire world. The fact that we've also totally thrown away the concepts of Right & Wrong on a societal level and replaced them with a system of relativism that boggles the mind doesn't help either.

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