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  • Keith W
  • Chicago, IL
  • United States

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If the Industrial Revolution did not begin in Western Europe, could it have or would it have began somewhere else?

I read "Guns Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond and it really made me think. He said once "If another continent was blessed with environment and resources like Europeans, than they would have built skyscrapers and Helicopters" or something to that effect. I dont want this to turn into a racial/cultural debate by any means. I am merely asking if Technology was inevitable? I believe Diamond was correct in much of his assumptions he made in his book, but i do believe he was being overly deterministic? Anyway, is modern society just a fluke? What would have happened if the Industrial Revolution did not begin when it did?

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  • Apr 26 2013: Obviously technology is inevitable and unpredictable.When you are busy thinking that something cant be done,trust me,there is someone somewhere doing it.The world is full of sharp people.
    If e.g,helicopter was never invented in europe,i believe and know that,someone somewhere would have invented a flying machine but not necessarily they 'helicopter'.

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