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+5 1. crispychicken commented 8 years ago

Interesting enough vid, but I disagree with the notion that there's all these big scientific discoveries waiting to be made by anyone with an enquiring mind and a bit of free time. As we push the boundaries of science ever further away, the means of scientific discovery becomes more sophisticated and refined. If you want to find the Higgs boson, you're going to need a lot more than a rubber band and a piece of chewing gum.
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+12 2. MindTreat commented 8 years ago

And with that, you killed the entire comment section...
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+8 3. aravind7 commented 8 years ago

The same guy who inhaled hexafluoride >:)
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+15 4. huldu commented 8 years ago

#1 Obviously, if you're thinking "inside" the box, you won't get very far. It would be like showing a computer to a person say 500 years ago. They could not even dream of something like that. Now imagine the "future" 500 years from now. Assuming mankind still exist of course, it would be very, very different from now.
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+8 5. tsar911 commented 8 years ago

I'm interested to know what lamp could have sent its ray of beam of light 5 miles in the ye olde pairs...

Must've been some strong lamp.
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+2 6. BuBu commented 8 years ago

#5 omg they had laser in the old days ;)
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+7 7. xxxLesy commented 8 years ago

#6 You are actually correct.

#5 Archimedes (200+ BC) in ancient Rome already used mirrors to focus light beams enough to burn enemy ships. Mirrors have been around since 6.000 BC.
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+7 8. Threeme2189 commented 8 years ago

TED and Adam Savage combined are producing epic amounts of awesomeness.
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+6 9. sartre commented 8 years ago

#1 - There's still plenty of room for original thinkers and careful observers to make contributions to science.
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+2 10. LightAng3l commented 8 years ago

Funny you should mention that #1... seeing as it's all relative.
300 years from now people will say: "If you want to find the Higgs boson, you're going to need more than a 128 core processor and a bineural tungsten implant"

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+5 11. fmohiy commented 8 years ago

for those who don't know, Adam savage is one of the founders of the incredible discovery channel show mythbusters. check it out and you will see him implementing this concept of his in real life and succeeding.
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+7 12. Sizzlik (admin) commented 8 years ago

#7 That "Deathray" with mirrors is a myth..sure you can burn wood..but shooting the beams and sinking ships is a myth that has already been busted.
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+2 13. imagic commented 8 years ago

@4 i am afraid that if humanity goes the way it does right now in 500 years we will be back into something like the middle ages or ancient rome, if not the stone age. >:) back to plain simple thinking and inventing in that case
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+1 14. ImprsdBySmartVid commented 8 years ago

Inspiring things. Okay, like @1 said, it tooks now more studying than ever to invent things. But like #11 said, Adam Savage has applied what he propose to himself, see He is not the only one to be so inspired and enthusiastic... It's a very good way to success in life!

There are still areas to discover, or to re-discover. Okay, it takes efforts, too. Less efforts for english-speaking people, for sure, in scientific areas. You may discover fantastic ideas in other languages, even the forgotten ones, too!
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+2 15. PeTTs0n commented 8 years ago

#1 It doesn't really matter how complex the end results are, you still need to have the fundamentals in your head right. Advanced equipment and tools help us to some degree "do the impossible" - but it's far less than some believe. (A computer, or a calculator even, are great tools, but you got to know exactly what to put in to get results. Knowing that always comes from the mind at the beginning.) Proving the earth's shape thousands of years ago, the speed of light more than a hundred years ago? Those discoveries weren't made because of the equipment used - they were made because the scientists of the time asked the right questions, thought in ways never done, and understood the road between the theoretical discovery and how to prove it.

It is no different whatsoever from today, the equipment may change, but the scientists still need to have the extraordinary way of thinking the scientists of thousands, and hundreds, of years ago also had. To ask questions no-one believes we can answer. To dare to think outside set boundaries. Confront knowledge set in stone, and all the people believing they know the truth.

There are always, historically, challenges for all scientists. Society is built on "truths", which are in turn based on knowledge, which is relative to time. That means, truth is relative, and it's only when you start to think about that and accept nothing for a fact, and start testing the consensus-defined scientific rules, limits and boundaries, that you can truly discover.

In that way, Adam Savage has a brilliant understanding of what discovery and invention really means and comes from - people's minds, always.