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    Is the time we are living in now the most important?

    The times of thousands of past generations are merely something in history books. The times of our future generations are an unknown quantity. Everything right now feels as if it is hip, happening, the most important part of history ever on the planet. But is it? In 1000 years time will we be recorded in a couple of paragraphs as nothing more than the "energy era" where things such as internal combustion engines and electricity were first discovered, (very inefficiently) put into use, and wasted?

    I doubt that any of our structures will be around in thousands of years time, so they Egyptians win that one.

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    i am a bit confused. How does this relate to Thaiophiles being scumbags?

    Have you been on the sauce Smeg?

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    Thanks for mentioning it. They are, always have been, and always will be

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smeg
    I doubt that any of our structures will be around in thousands of years time
    I doubt many will be around, but some will.

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    Things are happening so fast and the ways we are living and interracting have changed so much in the past few decades.

    I am hoping that before I die I will be able to play a football game with photorealistic graphics and show my grandkids how we used to enjoy ourselves on the old Binatone football game. That is if my dad hasn't thrown it out yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smeg View Post
    The times of thousands of past generations are merely something in history books. The times of our future generations are an unknown quantity. Everything right now feels as if it is hip, happening, the most important part of history ever on the planet. But is it? In 1000 years time will we be recorded in a couple of paragraphs as nothing more than the "energy era" where things such as internal combustion engines and electricity were first discovered, (very inefficiently) put into use, and wasted?

    I doubt that any of our structures will be around in thousands of years time, so they Egyptians win that one.
    This... is a good thread, Smeg.

    And this....is something...we...do not....and cannot know.....

    Until...then.......

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    People 100 years ago, 500 years ago, and 5000 years ago probably thought that the age they were living in was the most hip happening time too. How fascinating it would be to go back and experience it rather than simply reading recorded fragments of it in books.

    To me, that is the next step on from being able to fly to and live in another culture. Our era invented aircraft to make that easily possible. Perhaps future generation will invent time machines to provide a new kind of cultural experience.

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    If time machines are invented in the future then how come we are not seeing lots of time travellers now?

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    Hey that would be great, they could do go back in time and hunt dinosaurs with automatic weapons and rocket launchers, got to be better than using a rocket launcher on a cow in Cambodia

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat
    If time machines are invented in the future then how come we are not seeing lots of time travellers now?
    You should get out and about in Pattaya, got to be a few there amongst all the ex special forces guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat View Post
    If time machines are invented in the future then how come we are not seeing lots of time travellers now?
    Thay invented legally-enforced cloaking outfits at the same time. However, the technology screws up occasionally, hence ghost and UFO sightings.

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    A feel a sci-fi fantasy novel in the making

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smeg
    People 100 years ago
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    How fascinating it would be to go back and experience it
    Try Isaan

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Hey that would be great, they could do go back in time and hunt dinosaurs with automatic weapons and rocket launchers, got to be better than using a rocket launcher on a cow in Cambodia

    bloody hell DD, why do you think the dinosaurs died out, a meteor or something?

    as for this thread, I do not think that we consider we are living in "the most hip happening time ", so really there is no answer to Smegs conjectures

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    Well I would like to go dinosaur hunting with great big guns and all that stuff

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    When you consider the relatively slow rate of advancement since we evolved on this planet, the last hundred years has undeniably seen a massive acceleration in the rate of human understanding of the universe and world we live in, as well as the manipulation of our environment and ourselves from a biochemical point of view.

    The technological age has been born, and we are here in the early stages of that. I have no doubt that this period of time will be looked back on in millennia to come as extremely significant. Of course, they will still view it as being somewhat backwards, and be fascinated at how we managed to get by without the myriad of innovations that are waiting to be introduced in the years to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smeg View Post
    I doubt that any of our structures will be around in thousands of years time, so they Egyptians win that one.
    I think that there are buildings and statues that have been created over the last few centuries that almost certainly will be, barring some sort of disaster, due to their historical and cultural significance and our ability to carefully maintain them. It's not too much of a stretch to believe that their may be structures built in this day and age that will aquire the same significance and be beneficiaries of the same care.


    My money is on Portsmouth's Spinnaker tower to still be lording it over the harbour like the Colossus of Rhodes in 3008

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Hey that would be great, they could do go back in time and hunt dinosaurs with automatic weapons and rocket launchers, got to be better than using a rocket launcher on a cow in Cambodia
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Well I would like to go dinosaur hunting with great big guns and all that stuff
    DirtyDog is obviously a keen believer in 'the butterfly effect'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smeg
    I doubt that any of our structures will be around in thousands of years time, so they Egyptians win that one.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie
    My money is on Portsmouth's Spinnaker tower to still be lording it over the harbour like the Colossus of Rhodes in 3008
    Ozymandius
    by: Percy Bysshe Shelley

    I met a traveler from an antique land
    Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert... Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    My name is Ozymandius, King of Kings,
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smeg View Post
    I doubt that any of our structures will be around in thousands of years time, so they Egyptians win that one.
    This is a concept that I've thought about in the past. Do you think that there will come a day that they decide "OK, its time to tear down the Eiffel Tower", or for that matter the Sydney Harbour / Golden Gate / London Tower Bridges etc?

    I don't really see it happening.

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    ^^ I have to admit, there is a possibility that time may prove me guilty of the same sort of hubris exhibited in Shelley's 'Ozymandius'. But the world has moved on from those days, qute dramatically really. Many civilsations may have fallen in antiquity, but it's all gone global now.

    As Yazz And The Plastic Population once sang 'The only way is up'!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat View Post
    If time machines are invented in the future then how come we are not seeing lots of time travellers now?
    You stole that fallacious arguement from Stephen Hawking.

    Vistors from the future are the geeks we see among us, many no doubt are sex tourists in Pattaya. Can't get laid in the year 3000, go to Pattay in 2008.

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    I am sure that the structures will still be there. I don't see how we can make anything more interesting though. I would think that we are limited to making fancy bridges or maybe an underwater or underground.

    What I always wonder about is who is going to be the next Donald Trump/Bill Gates/Alan Sugar.

    Have all the opportunities for becoming super wealthy been taken or is it all going to be found in India and China?

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    For me "right now" is the only time I've got, so the present is important to me.

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