Intelligence and Class Structure

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sato's picture

seen these massive water wells built in india before, used as an example of brilliant engineering, but when you think about it, you realize they're actually examples of epic-level dumbassery. first you've got the massive waste of materials and manpower to built it, many thousands of times more than the style where you just lower a bucket on a rope. and the end result is also an extremely poor design, because not only does it leave more water open to more sunlight and evaporation, people have to walk all the way down all those stairs and back up again every time they want some water, much harder and more time consuming than turning a winch.

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Ozmen's picture
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You usually have additional things related to waterworks that aren't immediately obvious. The openness usually helps with cleaning and maintaining the waterstores and passages. There's also usually a lot of tunnels and piping involved in the old waterways in India and elsewhere, not immediately visible to a casual observer. A well is usually just a natural hole whereas the waterworks in India and elsewhere are manmade wells. Either tapping natural wells or creating waterpits in waterpoor areas.

 

So even fatal dumbassery on one hand(pools of water in malaria infested areas where none existed before) and absolutely brilliant attempts at manipulating our environment to meet our needs at the other.

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brilliant attempts at manipulating our environment? such as what? where? this is my example of possibly the worst attempt by anyone ever at making a well. maybe they were good at making tunnels and pipes, but their manmade wells are arguably the worst design anyone could possibly come up with.

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Ozmen's picture
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Water in places where none existed. Diss that all you want.

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backdraft's picture
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It's a 2½ hour podcast. Can you give a summary?

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bradlox's picture
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mumble mumble, statistics this statistics that .....academics .

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