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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-07-24 06:54
Subject: [links] Tuesday link salad, with mustard!
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Tags:cars, clockpunk, cool, funny, religion, science, tech, weird
What Would Newton Do? — Deconstruction of some Christian silliness about Isaac Newton being a Young Earth Creationist.

Chinese Tuck Into Texas Turtles — First Mars needs women. Now this?

The Programmable Robot of Ancient Greece

The robot programmer of Ancient Greece

The robot programmer of the Golden Age of Islam

The Monkey's Paw — A fable of extropianism.

Tank limousine for hire

(With a nod to danjite, chriswjohnson and some of the other usual suspects.)
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Rose Fox
User: rosefox
Date: 2007-07-24 15:07 (UTC)
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Don't forget the mastodon of Ancient Greece.
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2007-07-24 15:08 (UTC)
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If most of our books weren't currently boxed up in storage (awaiting flood repairs to th house) I could blether on in some detail about Heron and al-Jazari and ancient slot machines, sand-powered automata, steam engines, and the like.

But they are, so I can't.

Basically, the Alexandrian Greeks pretty much had all the technology they needed to have built steam locomotives, but as they didn't have industrialisation, it was never likely to happen.

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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2007-07-24 17:21 (UTC)
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Deconstruction of some Christian silliness about Isaac Newton being a Young Earth Creationist.


It's not so much a deconstruction as it is a projection of the author's beliefs about Newton's personality onto a fanciful Newton who lives in our day and age.

(The letter the author criticizes is equally as fanciful, for what it's worth)

But hey-- I'm all for writing science fiction, and a treatment of a modern day Isaac Newton would be really interesting. But let's not call it fact.
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lordofallfools
User: lordofallfools
Date: 2007-07-24 17:30 (UTC)
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Indeed, a close look at the Boston Globe article will reveal that the author ISN'T maintaining that Newton would be a YECist; it's main purpose is to show that a man of science can also be profoundly religious.
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