Science is not Technology! A simple and yet forgotten fact… [+ The meaning of life as Bonus]



Besides the beautiful decor and the impeccable construction, Damascus swords were famous for their strength, durability, and elasticity. They were the pride of the city of Damascus, Syria, due to their exceptional qualities mainly because of the so-called Damascus steel; a type of steel whose main ingredient was a wootz steel imported from India. A simple way to recognize a genuine Damascus blade is by its distinctive patterns of banding and mottling which resemble a flowing water.

Through the ages, Damascus swords have become legendary. Many stories speak of their tremendous strength, sharpness, and flexibility. One such story talks about a meeting between Richard the Lion-Hearted and Saladin. Richard wanted to impress Saladin by cutting a thick iron bar with his broadsword. Saladin was not impressed, he took his Damascus saber, threw a silk pillow and sliced it into small pieces before it fell to the ground. Another legend says that a Damascene blade was so flexible that a warrior could take the hilt in one hand, the blade in the other and bend the whole sword around his body. Then, after he released it, the sword would return to its original shape. In some other tales, a Damascus blade could cut a rifle barrel or a falling hair.

Today, there aren’t many original Damascus swords left in the world, since most of the master blacksmiths from Damascus took the secret of the original method in their graves.

A group of German researchers analyzed an old Damascus blade in 2006 and found nanowires and carbon nanotubes in its molecular structure. It is still unclear how did the ancient craftsmen manage to create the nanotubes inside the steel, but scientists have offered a few theories. It is possible that the process of nanotube making is connected with the traces of vanadium, chromium, manganese, cobalt and nickel found in the wootz steel. (1)

This is just one of the stories about a technology invented and then forgotten. (e.g. think of the Romans who invented concrete and then another civilization reinvented it thousand years later) One of the many examples of technology created well before we understand how things work. (think of the many inventions of Edison if you want another example) Because understanding how things work (a.k.a. “science”) has nothing to do with technology. Technology is – simply put – the result of innovation, instinct and intuition of a man who just has the urge to create.

It sounds more poetic than technical and it is.

And poetry is what makes the world go around.

Poetry is about writing things which seem to make no sense.

And yet they are the most sensible of them all.

The era of understanding will soon come to an end.

For reasons we will never understand.

Because we have chosen to know.

While not knowing is the only way of being…

The swords of today seem strong. But they will break.

Science is just the analysis of the grammar rules.

But no man became a poet for knowing grammar…

In silence.

That is where the meaning of life lies.

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos (or Spyros Kakos or Spyridon Kakos) [Σπύρος Κάκος] is a thinker located in Athens, Greece. He has been the Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. Spiros has a diploma in Chemical Engineering, an MSc in Advanced Materials' Technology, an MBA in Decisions' Science, a phD in the use of conductive polymers in PCB industry and is still learning. He also worked as a technical advisor and a researcher in the Advanced Materials sector for many years in the past. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He is the creator of Huo Chess, one of the smallest micro-chess programs ever that is perfect for educational purposes. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy, as well as the philosophy of the irrational. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. Since our thought is dictated by our assumptions, the only way to free it and know cosmos as it is, is to think irrationally and destroy everything we have built. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans. We should stop thinking in order to think. Credo quia absurdum! View all posts by skakos

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