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This post was edited by SpaceAlien at 2012-1-12 15:26|
timbatu Post time: 2012-1-12 15:11
You probably do not know, a Chinese mathematician found Pi to be 3.1415926 centuries before Europe ...
Interesting: I hope you are right that it's just culture. But, for argument's sake, let us say that there was a genetic weakness. In my humble opinion, there is no shame in admitting this, if it was true; rather, I think the shame would be in not trying to improve the problem. To improve, one must first acknowledge a problem. The status of an individual, people, and nation is relative: if the only people in the world were Chinese and Africans, then Chinese would be considered geniuses. But let's say a highly advanced people were discovered on Europa, a moon of Jupiter. Then in this case, all humans would be considered very unintelligent in comparison. So, I think the honor comes in the desire to improve without end, not in denying ones relative rank in a hierarchy of known peoples. But again, this is just for argument's sake: you may very well be correct that it is simply a cultural problem. But, even if Chinese were just as innovative and inquisitive as the few white geniuses like Isaac Newton, one can still become better: one can become better, then better, then better: there is no limit. The process of improving is what gives us purpose and meaning: we strive for continual improvement, for it's the gradual increase in intelligence and consciousness that gives meaning to our lives.