“The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of the creative brain. It’s ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of the forces of nature to human needs. This is the task of the inventor. He finds ample compensation in the pleasing exercises of his powers and in the knowledge of being one of that exceptionally privileged class without whom the race would have long ago perished in the bitter struggle against pitiless elements.”
That’s a paraphrased version of the first paragraph of Nikola Tesla’s book “My inventions.”
In the last line there, he makes an error. Innovation is the nature of man. Inventions are fine. But, if you look at the historical record – and the goat herders of the Sahara and the Sinai are good examples – domesticating goats was innovative and inventive for the time. ￼
Yet, the human management of that innovation wasn’t cognizant of the ecosystem and its balance: so the goats are all the roots of the plants and deserts followed. We know how to reverse that now.
There is a cultural and genetic bridge that interacts and matures over the course of time, in the activities of man.
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