Urn with the Hottest Burn

In the previous posts I have mentioned a few of my favorite human mega events as candidates for the Urn of the Eon.  But, there are so many more.

What do you think ranks as the most momentous leap (one step for man–a giant leap…)?

Share your ideas below and I will fashion a list–let’s say a primary election from which we can begin to whittle down some choices–or at least discuss them.

Perhaps it was the release of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club…the discovery of penicillin…the invention of Frosted Flakes…gun powder…the sail…the American Declaration of Independence…

Let’s see where this goes.

Click leave a comment below to the right.

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About Ken Mazur

I remain an explorer of music and science, still a composer, guitarist, novelist, father, teacher, animal rescuer. New blogger, playing at the intersection of the things that bring me joy.
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4 Responses to Urn with the Hottest Burn

  1. betweenthewords says:

    Hi Ken. Welcome to the blogging community. I think that something that is both a blessing and a curse is Social Networking. It is a blessing that we can connect, but the virtual, digital connections we love, really serve to disconnect us from personal, intimate connections. What do you think?

    • Ken Mazur says:

      I agree that in the absence of meaningful personal relationships in the real world, living in the ethernet is a trap.
      On the other hand, Social Networking allows one to have a dialogue across spaces and cultures that would otherwise be
      impossible or at best unlikely. A balancing act is probably necessary here. But those who ignore the presence of
      this amazing new tool are perhaps missing out on one of the benefits of what may be the Urn of the Eon–digital communication
      available on a universal scale. The immediate historical impact is playing out in front of us right now as the Middle
      East turmoil is greatly impacted by this technology. It is hard to conceive that the I Phone is only six years old.
      As I say to my music students…the phone in your hand connects you–via the web–to any music you are curious about
      from any era and any culture. That is an unprecedented gift.

  2. Martin Schmitt says:

    Hi Ken,

    I love your idea of creating a listing of historical inventions, ideas and other seminal events, and then ranking them in order of significance. It might be fun to arrange the events not in a linear form such as a chronology, but in the form of a tree that shows which inventions are fundamental to which others.

    The ranking is another fun opportunity for discourse. What is the metric we should use when comparing the relative importance of various inventions? Was fire the most important of all because all others depended on it? Or should we estimate the impact of each invention on the increase in world population over some period of time, in which case modern medicine, the steam engine and food production techniques caused a higher net impact?

    Then again, how do the inventions factor in which improved life expectancy and quality of life? According to Wikipedia, a stunningly high percentage of the world’s population in the early 1800’s were enslaved: 75%. Today, that number is a fraction of one percent. Whatever scientific, economic and social inventions created those changes, it’s hard to imagine a more profound impact on — for lack of a better word — Global Human Happiness.

    • Ken Mazur says:

      The concept of the metric for measurement in this context is indeed, fascinating. There is also the idea that some inventions, some leaps
      necessitate–or even preclude other changes. Can we reverse our commitment to certain changes once they have been made–such as fire,
      agriculture, language? Has the acceptance of fossil fuel technology been a blunder, and if so, does negative impact concern us here as a value
      judgement, or merely and inventions overall impact. I am very excited to be in this discussion.

      I like the tree of ideas concept. Evolution in general, seems to me to be multi-branched and non linear. It is interesting to consider
      that 100k years ago there were two species of the genus Homo living on this planet at the same time. The Neanderthals are gone. Did one of
      our urns of the eons make their future untenable?

      I am hoping for a wide range of input here. The idea that sociological changes are potential urns is very valid–such as the emergence
      of the capitalistic democracies, or city states etc.

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