Who are the top 10 individuals whose ideas and inventions have contributed to human flourishing? I can think of a few off the top of my head like Louis Pasteur, Nikola Tesla, and Thomas Edison.
I can’t think of a single non-white (and non-Jewish) male that could be a serious contender for this list. Is this because my education was unfairly biased in favor of white men, or is it because white men are objectively superior in the field of promoting human flourishing?
Who else deserves a place on this list? I’ll edit in changes because I’m bored.
"Necessity is the mother of invention"
The humans who:
Learned to make fire
Develop the plow
Invent the wheel
Create language symbols (letters for certain sounds)
Understanding of Physics
Periodic Chart of Elements
The ethnicity and skin color of the people who did these things is of little or no consequence.
I can’t think of any names at the moment but I promise you that if the schools do reopen this fall they won’t be learning about any of these men, they’ll be learning about Saint Michael Brown and Saint Trayvon Martin and white supremacy and white privilege.
Eddison did not invent the lightbulb.
He produced an improved bulb but others had made and patented lightbulbs before him. I do not know if he was the first But I think Sir Humphrey Davy came up with the idea of a light bulb in a paper about 1800ad.
Eddison also was instrumental in popularising the use of electric light.
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