Monday, January 21, 2013
Joe Bush's viral video about the history of the world in 2 minutes is interesting. This kid is 19. He did this for a highschool project. He is exactly the sort of kid that some firm such as Google, BGI, or whatever, should say "Screw college. Come work for us."
The time compresses insanely as he moves forward - so would we all in his shoes - and it is interesting the relative importance he attaches to WWII and the 1960's. That 9-11 and Obama's election are big seems automatic for a teenager, and I don't attach importance to that. But those of us over 40 should note that this is clearly a highly perceptive young man who has absorbed what adults have told him is important and fed it back. This is a State Of The World report from the near-future. This is the picture of reality that is passing forward to the next generation.
The progression seems to be First, physics was important, then biology. Then physical anthropology, then Renaissance history, social history, then technology.
We thought we were passing down particular ideas about Life, and Western Civilisation. This is what we actually passed down. Report card?
Update: The time compression, and our inability to accurately portray long periods of time in our narratives, was a part of the middle essays in my Creationism-Evolution series July 2010. It does affect our understanding.
Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at 5:34 PM