Yes. That naive uthopianism is quite recent in history. And it is local to
the western world, because it is a deformation of the chirstian concept of
salvation.


2013/9/29 chris peck <chris_peck...@hotmail.com>

>  Hi Alberto
>
> Were there ever genuinely naked questions? ie. Was there really a time
> when ideas were not framed by the exciting possibilities offered by the
> contemporary technology?
>
> All the best
>
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> From: "Alberto G. Corona" <agocor...@gmail.com>
> Sent: 29 September 2013 7:59 PM
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> Subject: The canal effect
>
>  I knew yesterday that the reason why Percival Lowel  (and many others)
> saw canals -and life-  in Mars is because at this time the Panama Canal was
> being constructed, and this novelty captivated the imagination of the
> people. everithing had a solution with a canal. And everything could be
> solved and explained with mechanics and electricity, the technology that
> helped to construct the channel. Therefore the Martians was an electric
> civilization that launched electric discharges.
>
>  It is necessary to explain what I want to mean?. People throw in novel
> technologies and theories whatever they have unexplained or unsolved, but
> also their hopes.
>
>  But at the end of the day these solutions vomit back what was put in
> with still new questions. The net effect is the rephrasing of the ancient
> questions with a new language, passed trough the filter of the solution
> that dominates the uthopic mind of the people.  That language, the one of
> the particular science that dominates the landscape assures that the
> ancient questions are reduced to match the particular aspect that can fit
> in the theory.
>
>  I personally prefer the original, naked questions as the first ones that
> though about it,  as they appeared in their mind, without the filter of any
> theory.
>
>  --
> Alberto.
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