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Old April 16th, 2013, 11:49 AM   #1

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Smile Events in World History That Changed the World

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The Black Plague.
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The world is a German innovation:
world (n.) Click the image to open in full size.Old English woruld, worold "human existence, the affairs of life," also "the human race, mankind," a word peculiar to Germanic languages (cf. Old Saxon werold, Old Frisian warld, Dutch wereld, Old Norse verold, Old High German weralt, German Welt), with a literal sense of "age of man," from Proto-Germanic *wer "man" (Old English wer, still in werewolf; see virile) + *ald "age" (see old).

Originally "life on earth, this world (as opposed to the afterlife)," sense extended to "the known world," then to "the physical world in the broadest sense, the universe" (c.1200). In Old English gospels, the commonest word for "the physical world," was Middangeard (Old Norse Midgard), literally "the middle enclosure" (cf. yard), which is rooted in Germanic cosmology. Greek kosmos in its ecclesiastical sense of "world of people" sometimes was rendered in Gothic as manasežs, literally "seed of man."

The usual Old Norse word was heimr, literally "abode" (see home). Words for "world" in some other Indo-European languages derive from the root for "bottom, foundation" (e.g. Irish domun, Old Church Slavonic duno, related to English deep); the Lithuanian word is pasaulis, from pa- "under" + saule "sun." Original sense in world without end, translating Latin saecula saeculorum, and in worldly. Latin saeculum can mean both "age" and "world," as can Greek aion. World power in the geopolitical sense first recorded 1900. World-class is attested from 1950, originally of Olympic athletes.
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eHistory.com: World History Timelines
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Old April 17th, 2013, 06:34 AM   #5

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the invention of agriculture

the domestication of animals

the invention of writing

the invention of the printing press


the invention of the internet
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[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Discovery"]Age of Discovery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

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Voyages of Christopher Columbus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old April 17th, 2013, 08:07 AM   #7

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The Discovery of the New World, the industrialization of transportation, the conversion of the Roman empire to Christianity
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The transition in human beings from Communicating symbolically, ( like other animals do ) to understanding that we were Communicating symbolically.

Know that you are assigning meaning to things enables you to purposely assign meaning to things... allows you to create narrative and metaphor... and that is the genesis of all elaborations of communication that we refer to as art.

It is the origin of aesthetics and a sense of the world as being beautiful.

Human beings are the only animals that see beauty and communicate about the world in metaphorical terms.

this is the One genetic change the set mankind apart and enabled everything that has followed.

there is no greater turning point in history than this capacity that made us human.
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Old April 17th, 2013, 09:45 AM   #9

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I would think about 4-7 different things that changed the world

So 1. Battle Of Britain --- air power , perhalps even the first sign of ultimate defeat
2. WWI its effects etc

But now be more creative
3. Discovery of Fire
4. invention of the internet
5. A person?
6. television
7. writing
Basically 7 different things all of which changed things one way or another.
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1. Invention of agriculture - allowed large populations to live in the same place permanently. Nations, civilization couldn't develop without it.

2. Invention of writing - allowed the communications of ideas without actually having to be present with the person you are communicating with, plus in permanently recorded things.

3. . Invention steam power and the use of fossil fuels. Steam powered trains could cross the continent in days on trips that use to take months, ships were no longer at the mercy of the winds, people for the first time could produce power when and where they wanted without having to depend on the muscle. (Wind is depends on the whether, and water power geopgraphy). Also pushed the world on toward the path of Global warming.

4. The discovery of electricity. No electronics or internet without it, could transmit power to exactly where people wanted it.

5. The development of the telegraph - for the first time, people could communicate nearly instantaneously around the world. Before telegraphy, messages could go no faster than a bird could fly or a horse run, and it took months to send and receive messages from the other side of the world. With telegraphy, you could get a message in a day that use to take months before.

6. Invention of the printing press. Made books affordable.

7. Invention of gunpowder. Changed warfare, and for the first time, it gave civilized societies the decisive edge over barbarians in warfare. After guns were perfected, the barbarians could never again conquer the more advanced civilizations the way the Mongols did. Before gunpowder, all weapons ultimately, either directly or indirectly, depended on hum muscle power. Even a counterweight trebuchet depended on human muscle to hoist the trebuchet in position.
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