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comment What went wrong with India's scientific development as a society?
@TomAu I meant "lopsided" in terms of the technology available. The Incas had no metal or horses; their weapons were clubs and jade knives and slingshots whereas the Europeans had all those things plus gunpowder. Battles between Indian rulers and the British and their allies were (mostly) technologically equal. Both sides had steel and guns and horses. One side was just more motivated than the other ;-)
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comment What is the reason for Burma/Myanmar's recent reforms?
Nice! Finally, an answer!
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comment What is the reason for Burma/Myanmar's recent reforms?
The question isn't about free media. I gave increased media freedoms as an example of the reforms that have been going on (like having multi-party elections, releasing Suu Kyi etc.) in the last couple of years. And nothing I can find online explains why these things have started happening. It seems sudden, but such things rarely are and there's always a deeper reason
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comment What went wrong with India's scientific development as a society?
@octern Thnx :) . Needed my morning coffee
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comment What went wrong with India's scientific development as a society?
@T.E.D. Again, to make my point clear, I'm not blaming India's lack of scientific development solely on outdated beliefs. Additionally, Galileo was imprisoned by the church for hereticism(?) 200 years after the movable type was invented, so it's hard to say that the printing press effected all that change so fast in Europe either. What I'm saying is your answer is too simple and attaches far too much importance to a single invention. History is not usually that simple.
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comment What went wrong with India's scientific development as a society?
Or that Europeans didn't have anything East Asia wanted (like spices), so East Asians never bothered to try and sail there :P
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comment What went wrong with India's scientific development as a society?
I don't think it can be attributed to a single factor like the printing press. Why not blame it on the ancient Hindu belief that traveling overseas pollutes a person irredeemably, thereby stunting the growth of Indian naval technology and ensuring Europeans came to India rather than vice versa? Or the caste system that ensured that the likelihood of an Indian Gutenberg being born into the correct caste to invent the printing press in India was much lower? I'm not suggesting these seriously, I just think your answer is far too simple...