7th December 2011 02:47
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Re: WADE FRAZIER : A Healed Planet
Yes, the Tesla/Marconi issue is well known. Even PBS discussed the conflicts of interest that were likely behind giving Marconi the precedence, and then taking it away from him.
But, as with those situations, quite a few people made the contributions that led to the radio.
The precedence issue is typical in a world of scarcity, where the winners become rich and famous, while the losers often die penniless and in obscurity. Inventors virtually never get rich and famous by pure inventing. It was only when the invention was integrated into a business effort that the inventor got the rich and famous deal. As you know, many, famous “inventors” of history really did not do the inventing. The real inventor remains obscure to this day. It is the standard story.
Even at places like the Smithsonian, inventions such Eli Whitney’s cotton gin come under fire.
In a world of scarcity, theft is a common means of “commerce,” and stealing ideas is a lot less bloody than stealing land and physical wealth.
When abundance reigns, the “this is my idea” stuff will fade away, as will patents, etc.
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7th December 2011 11:06
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