Megan asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 5 months ago

What would happen if we sent a scientists back to the Stone Age?

Would he be able to teach them to read?

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  • 5 months ago

    Its unlikely they would do anything except study. A Scientist would know only too well the 'butterfly effect' that educating primitives would have

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  • 5 months ago

    We should probably be more experienced at this time.

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Scientists can already read.

    That is how they become scientists.

    Neolithic people were not less intelligent than people are now, if you can teach someone to read now you could teach a Neolithic person then.

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    The stone age baby that becomes a scientist I don't know about that. Maybe the old stone age awaited evolutionary growth in the strain. It seems like you could teach them to read but who says it is anything like that. Maybe you could only fight them. U R not sitting down with them in a clinic. The intervention of the Future might give them syphilis. The old stone age was the good old days.

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  • 5 months ago

    Stone age people were not stupid, just technologically backward. If we went back and brought a baby to 2019 the child could learn to read and may even become a scientist, Doctor or other professional.

    Conversely, if we sent a child back to the Stone age the child would live that life still believing the moon was a god and thunder happened when he was angry, but he may invent new tools such as spears and knives, for instance, but would never imagine smartphones, computers and rockets taking man to the moon. Indeed, he would not recognise the moon a a rocky body in orbit around the earth. It would simply be a god.

  • 5 months ago

    what would be the point if there were no books.?

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  • 5 months ago

    Hmmmm... depends on the scientist. I would guess that someone like Neil Degrasse Tyson *looks* friendly enough and has a calm enough manner about him that he could win their trust & they wouldn't beat him to death... But, someone like Fritz Zwicky - who *most* people found was very hard to get along with - wouldn't have the patience for dealing with the stone-age mentality, and they'd likely have him for dinner... literally.

    (Zwicky was the one who coined the term "Spherical Bastards", talking about his fellow (less intelligent) astronomers. Why spherical? "Because they were bastards any which way you looked at them!")

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  • 5 months ago

    He'd be killed.

    People tend to fear things they don't understand - the Salem witch trials are a good example of this. People at that time were put to death if they were suspected of being witches after doing something that, by today's standards, would be considered "archaic".

    Now compare stone-age "technology" with that of the 15th century and the "technology" they had "advanced" to - both of which would be archaic by today's standards. Then imagine how stone-age people would have reacted.

  • 5 months ago

    The paradox it would create would render our present nothing like it is. you would not exist, I would not exist.

    What of our conscious self awareness would occupy different bodies, different linage, different technology, the works.

    Maybe best we can't, man may have even become extinct in such time line.

    Maybe search up Sumerian archaic and Berber and note the dates. check out Egyptian hieroglyphs while you are at it. The cuneiform script, another of interest.

    3400 BC far enough back for you.

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  • 5 months ago

    To be honest we are in the stone age, no matter how advance society, technology or money is, the attitudes never change and people can't see that.

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