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(Life.com)   Old-school science models look funny until it becomes clear that they were conceived, designed, and built by people so much smarter than you'll ever be (slideshow but still cool)   (life.com) divider line 74
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2010-04-27 05:58:53 PM
I must have bypassed the funny phase. That stuff is just plain cool.
 
2010-04-27 06:06:53 PM
-1

All Slideshows Get -1

We as surfers of the web have mostly killed them. It's time for the coup de gras.

Nice pictures though.
 
2010-04-27 06:09:58 PM
There was a thread the other day in which many were claiming that human intelligence is on the rise because we know so much more now than those bozoes in the past. I almost cried at how people who have had everything they know given to them on a silver platter dismissed the work of those who dug and smelted the ore, then crafted and designed that platter, plus everything that was on it.
 
2010-04-27 06:11:40 PM
doglover: All Slideshows Get -1

We as surfers of the web have mostly killed them. It's time for the coup de gras.


I mostly hate em too. Thought it worked in this "old school" piece though. It made me slow down, actually look/think about the individual pics. Especially that ivory model of a pregnant woman's anatomy. Totally cool.

/not submitter
//good find submitter
 
2010-04-27 06:24:48 PM
doglover: It's time for the coup de gras

Stroke of fat? You going to whip them with uncooked bacon?
 
2010-04-27 07:53:35 PM
oldebayer: There was a thread the other day in which many were claiming that human intelligence is on the rise because we know so much more now than those bozoes in the past. I almost cried at how people who have had everything they know given to them on a silver platter dismissed the work of those who dug and smelted the ore, then crafted and designed that platter, plus everything that was on it.

I don't think we are smarter because we know more as a culture. It's because we're judged on how much we know, bombarded with information, and required to know more for even simple jobs. The average individual has to be smarter to survive in modern society, and even smarter to do well.
 
2010-04-27 08:37:30 PM
isaaczeke:
It's because we're judged on how much we know, bombarded with information, and required to know more for even simple jobs. The average individual has to be smarter to survive in modern society, and even smarter to do well.


Smarter? Or more knowledgeable?
 
2010-04-27 08:43:09 PM
dugitman: isaaczeke:
It's because we're judged on how much we know, bombarded with information, and required to know more for even simple jobs. The average individual has to be smarter to survive in modern society, and even smarter to do well.

Smarter? Or more knowledgeable?


Good point, but I think they overlap. I think that you eventually get at least a little smarter by learning information.
 
2010-04-27 09:33:14 PM
isaaczeke: I think they overlap. I think that you eventually get at least a little smarter by learning information.

I can agree with that. However, I also think the smarter an average person is- the less information he needs to; draw conclusions, make decisions, solve problems. And the ubersmart(Einstein, Mozart, Black Swan types)...well they're just kinda freaks aren't they?
 
2010-04-27 10:21:05 PM
img530.imageshack.us
 
2010-04-27 10:32:30 PM
oldebayer: doglover: It's time for the coup de gras

Stroke of fat? You going to whip them with uncooked bacon?


YOU CAUGHT IT! Nobody's noticed before.

They get my hammy fist!
 
2010-04-27 11:24:52 PM
Anyone else notice that model of the lunar surface circa Apollo 11?

/hmmm....
 
2010-04-27 11:29:13 PM
img69.imageshack.us

You see! It WAS fake!
 
2010-04-27 11:29:35 PM
Photo 11 was quite interesting. I wasn't surprised by who the artist was though.

innercirclecorona.com
 
2010-04-27 11:30:11 PM
I think in the old days they took things slower. They were also more naive. In a good way.

Link (new window)
 
2010-04-27 11:31:10 PM
#14: A man (look closely, you'll find him) stands inside a model of a human cell at an American Medical Association convention.

I see two men.

/not four lights
 
2010-04-27 11:31:32 PM
oldebayer: There was a thread the other day in which many were claiming that human intelligence is on the rise because we know so much more now than those bozoes in the past. I almost cried at how people who have had everything they know given to them on a silver platter dismissed the work of those who dug and smelted the ore, then crafted and designed that platter, plus everything that was on it.

every generation can say the same thing all the way back to the dude who built his own fire
 
2010-04-27 11:34:07 PM
#28 is just begging for a caption...
 
2010-04-27 11:35:19 PM
I couldn't handle the slideshow. Every time the pic would load the ad over it would load and move the pic down. Then the blocking software in Chrome would block it, and the pic would move back up. I couldn't handle doing that more than 3 times.

/I couldn't handle it
//more than 3 times
///that what she your mom said
 
2010-04-27 11:38:45 PM
Slide 8, number 7, the one that automatically turns off the light after you fall asleep appears to rely on a candle burning down as a weight-fuse. So why not just use the candle if you need light to go to bed and want it to go out sometime later?
 
2010-04-27 11:39:24 PM
# 20 = HMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmm. Cool.
 
2010-04-27 11:43:37 PM
www.gstatic.com
www.btecanada.com
 
2010-04-27 11:44:33 PM
These are great but need to be a lot bigger.
 
2010-04-27 11:47:19 PM
How could they learn about dentistry in the UK from the giant RAF skull's teeth?
 
2010-04-27 11:48:21 PM
My ADD prevents me from ever getting past the 4th or 5th slide in any slideshow, let alone this boring crap
 
2010-04-27 11:50:21 PM
"Tonight we are going to look at something that most of us take for granted; the colon. What does it look like?"
 
2010-04-27 11:55:30 PM
#20... causing aneurysm... arrghh...
 
2010-04-27 11:56:04 PM
From the headline, I expected all the projects to have been made by students. Turns out most of them were done by professionals (engineers, etc).

Glad it didn't turn into another "education is going down the tubes" threads.

/Even if it's true.
 
2010-04-28 12:00:28 AM
jenny next: From the headline, I expected all the projects to have been made by students. Turns out most of them were done by professionals (engineers, etc).

Glad it didn't turn into another "education is going down the tubes" threads.

/Even if it's true.


/FTFY
 
2010-04-28 12:03:51 AM
Everybody's in suits and smoking.
 
2010-04-28 12:06:36 AM
Glad to see Rosalind Franklin getting a shout-out on slide 12. She arguably had more to do with the actual uncovering of the structure of DNA than either Watson or Crick, and the poor gal gets overlooked all the time.
 
2010-04-28 12:25:05 AM
i43.tinypic.com

That's old world craftsmanship
 
2010-04-28 12:25:05 AM
farm4.static.flickr.com

Picture Taken: November 12th, 1955
 
2010-04-28 12:26:42 AM
palehorse864: Photo 11 was quite interesting. I wasn't surprised by who the artist was though.

You can tell by the crudity of the model. He didn't have time to build it to scale or to paint it.
 
2010-04-28 12:35:17 AM
They're only models.
 
2010-04-28 12:35:52 AM
isaaczeke: dugitman: isaaczeke:
It's because we're judged on how much we know, bombarded with information, and required to know more for even simple jobs. The average individual has to be smarter to survive in modern society, and even smarter to do well.

Smarter? Or more knowledgeable?

Good point, but I think they overlap. I think that you eventually get at least a little smarter by learning information.


Define smart...

Each person needs a solid base of knowledge with which to work. A person seeing the face of a clock will only be able to assume that something moves the hands and is connected through the center.

A person seeing inside the clock, while not necessarily understanding the gear ratios and what have you, will be able to figure out a very larger amount of what works.

OK, now TV's.

A person from the stone age would be screaming bloody murder about demons in boxes.(something we've all learned from TV, heh)

Now, we, on the other hand, have more working knowledge of base principles of things like electronics(well, some of us), and can contemplate some of it's workings, and imagine improvements.

Knowledge advances intelligence.

Memory can be compensated for, especially with computers at hand.

The major improvement that makes us feel "smarter" is the abailability of knowledge, which lends itself to skilled use, and innovation of modern wonders.

It's a generational improvement on knoweldge. We can start where others left off, and due to communication, we can move along faster.

But are we actually smarter than people from hundreds of years ago but still considered to be part of our race?

I move, no.

We've simply built better tools, and figured out better ways to learn, thanks to others slowly breaking ground before us.

I do believe, however, we're going to hit the end of our tether sooner rather than later. We're going to encounter more problems than we have solutions for, or rather, solve all the problems that we're able.

Then we're going to continue to muck about with the ones we don't know, with this false sense of confidence, and do so until something really bad happens.

The only thing that will stave off that eventuality for a bit longer will be more people like einstein, the freaks of nature as someone put.dugitman: isaaczeke: I think they overlap. I think that you eventually get at least a little smarter by learning information.

I can agree with that. However, I also think the smarter an average person is- the less information he needs to; draw conclusions, make decisions, solve problems. And the ubersmart(Einstein, Mozart, Black Swan types)...well they're just kinda freaks aren't they?


Comparing 2 people from the same time is easy, and that's where "less information" comes into play(easy in so far as you can control the experiment, similar/same backgrounds, no exposure to problem X, etc). But you simply can't measure that from generations past.

/ramble
//you caught me off guard
///I'm going back to boobie and troll threads!
 
2010-04-28 12:36:38 AM
Ninja Wicked: They're only models.

Ssh!
 
2010-04-28 12:40:00 AM
omeganuepsilon: can contemplate some of it's workings, and imagine improvements.

I have contemplated the apostrophe, and can imagine improvement in the way you handle possessives.
 
2010-04-28 12:41:12 AM
Just because something is named, doesn't make it real. There is no single thing as 'intelligence.'

We can all get a little bit smarter should we chose to exercise that human capacity.

Most people are zhlubs, then and now.

I agree w/ S_: The gadgets are getting smarter, the people dumber.

//Actually, either possibility
//is unlikely.
 
2010-04-28 12:46:16 AM
Those 12X-life-size scale models of heads are a bit unnerving though.

I will reserve judgment on whether a 3D interactive model of a head in a computer simulation is "better", "worse" or merely a different application of available technology. I will, however, postulate that the technician halfway inside the mouth of one of those huge models would not have the same kind of horrible nightmares from a 3D computer sim.
 
2010-04-28 12:53:11 AM
img297.imageshack.us

I can't find that gerbil anywhere, Mr. Gere!
 
2010-04-28 12:59:18 AM
isaaczeke: dugitman: isaaczeke:
It's because we're judged on how much we know, bombarded with information, and required to know more for even simple jobs. The average individual has to be smarter to survive in modern society, and even smarter to do well.

Smarter? Or more knowledgeable?

Good point, but I think they overlap. I think that you eventually get at least a little smarter by learning information.


You should read a bit of history, and consider what people had to know back in those old days. Can, you, for example, repair a broken wagon wheel, shoe a horse, salt meat, flense a whale or do any of a thousand things that were taken for granted not so long ago, but which practically no one can do these days? There is plenty of information available in any age, and much is lost from one age to another. Could you, knowing what the Greeks of Aristotle's time knew, formulate as flavor of Logic that lasted more than two thousand years? Or a Geometry like Euclid's?

And I'll bet both of them could fix a broken wagon wheel.

/Information doesn't make you more intelligent. Using your brain to manipulate that information makes you more intelligent, maybe, but simply storing it away only makes you more knowledgeable.
 
2010-04-28 01:15:17 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2010-04-28 01:16:39 AM
Quantum Apostrophe: omeganuepsilon: can contemplate some of it's workings, and imagine improvements.

I have contemplated the apostrophe, and can imagine improvement in the way you handle possessives.


I honestly dont know what the fark youre on about.

It's your problem, not mine.

Anal retentive bastard's anyway's.

/heh

oldebayer: isaaczeke: dugitman: isaaczeke:
It's because we're judged on how much we know, bombarded with information, and required to know more for even simple jobs. The average individual has to be smarter to survive in modern society, and even smarter to do well.

Smarter? Or more knowledgeable?

Good point, but I think they overlap. I think that you eventually get at least a little smarter by learning information.

You should read a bit of history, and consider what people had to know back in those old days. Can, you, for example, repair a broken wagon wheel, shoe a horse, salt meat, flense a whale or do any of a thousand things that were taken for granted not so long ago, but which practically no one can do these days? There is plenty of information available in any age, and much is lost from one age to another. Could you, knowing what the Greeks of Aristotle's time knew, formulate as flavor of Logic that lasted more than two thousand years? Or a Geometry like Euclid's?

And I'll bet both of them could fix a broken wagon wheel.

/Information doesn't make you more intelligent. Using your brain to manipulate that information makes you more intelligent, maybe, but simply storing it away only makes you more knowledgeable.


That's a decent point I didn't think to mention. That's the price of specialization, we've given up on past knowledge as obsolete, or left it up to others. I know electronics(sort of), but I know fark all about cars or being a blacksmith.

*shrugs*
 
2010-04-28 01:18:41 AM
farm4.static.flickr.com

after this photo was taken the creator apologizes for the crudeness, he didn't have time to paint it or make it to scale
 
2010-04-28 01:29:41 AM
Knowledge does get lost through lack of use.
I saw on TV a white guy teaching Maori pepole how to start a fire with their old method using sticks.
They had forgotten because a BIC was easier.
 
2010-04-28 01:39:22 AM
JessicaRaven: after this photo was taken the creator apologizes for the crudeness, he didn't have time to paint it or make it to scale

I think three people traveled back to 11:29, 12:25, and 12:26 to beat you to that joke.

I know, I know. It's heavy.
 
2010-04-28 01:53:42 AM
dugitman: isaaczeke: I think they overlap. I think that you eventually get at least a little smarter by learning information.

I can agree with that. However, I also think the smarter an average person is- the less information he needs to; draw conclusions, make decisions, solve problems. And the ubersmart(Einstein, Mozart, Black Swan types)...well they're just kinda freaks aren't they?


No. In fact, don't we think of people who draw conclusions, make decisions and solve problems based on limited and insufficient information as stupid?

And no, we're not all freaks.
 
2010-04-28 02:01:40 AM
erveek: JessicaRaven: after this photo was taken the creator apologizes for the crudeness, he didn't have time to paint it or make it to scale

I think three people traveled back to 11:29, 12:25, and 12:26 to beat you to that joke.

I know, I know. It's heavy.


img219.imageshack.us
 
2010-04-28 02:03:30 AM
Article is useless without the Blaschka Glass Flowers

farm4.static.flickr.com
 
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