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It's reasonable to believe that humans will once again make stone tools, tame fire, create the wheel, begin writing, discover mathematics and logic, invent microscopes and telescopes, and eventually understand relativity and quantum mechanics. Achievements of science and technology will progress and develop more or less the same as they did before, because science and technology are based on the objective fundamental laws of the universe.
 
It's reasonable to believe that humans will once again make stone tools, tame fire, create the wheel, begin writing, discover mathematics and logic, invent microscopes and telescopes, and eventually understand relativity and quantum mechanics. Achievements of science and technology will progress and develop more or less the same as they did before, because science and technology are based on the objective fundamental laws of the universe.
  
However, the same can not be said for specific cultural achievements. Although humans will will no doubt create painting, we won't see the ''[[Starry Night]]''. We'll create music, but we won't have ''[[Moonlight Sonata]]''. We will have drama, but not ''[[Hamlet]]''. We will have fashion, but not acid-washed jeans. The same is true for religion. People will most likely go through a stage where they will believe lightning bolts are hurled to the ground by a god in the sky, but they won't think that god lives on a specific mountain in the region once called Greece and sometimes descends in the form of a swan to impregnate young maidens. Religious people will probably formulate the idea of an afterlife with both good and bad outcomes, but the specifics of how one gets into the good outcome won't be contingent on worshiping a specific Middle Eastern man who was executed to appease a vengeful god who is also the slain man's father, and both of them hate gay sex.
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However, the same can not be said for specific cultural achievements. Although humans will will no doubt create painting, we won't see the ''[[Starry Night]]''. We'll create music, but we won't have ''[[Moonlight Sonata]]''. We will have drama, but not ''[[Hamlet]]''. We will have fashion, but not acid-washed bell-bottom jeans. The same is true for religion. People will most likely go through a stage where they will believe lightning bolts are hurled to the ground by a god in the sky, but they won't think that god lives on a specific mountain in the region once called Greece and sometimes descends in the form of a swan to impregnate young women. Religious people will probably formulate the idea of an afterlife with both good and bad outcomes, but the specifics of how one gets into the good outcome won't be contingent on worshiping a specific Middle Eastern man who was executed to appease a vengeful god who is also the slain man's father, and both of them hate gay sex.
  
 
However, there are some cultural world views that are generic enough that they probably will repeat. For example, throughout history, many people have independently come to the conclusion that we should behave as though the natural world is all there is, and that life is precious, so we should try to make things better for everyone in the here and now, a belief known as [[secular humanism]]. In contrast, only one group has ever independently concluded that the tenants of the Southern Baptist Convention is the best way to live life, other than the people who created the Southern Baptist Convention and those they indoctrinate.  
 
However, there are some cultural world views that are generic enough that they probably will repeat. For example, throughout history, many people have independently come to the conclusion that we should behave as though the natural world is all there is, and that life is precious, so we should try to make things better for everyone in the here and now, a belief known as [[secular humanism]]. In contrast, only one group has ever independently concluded that the tenants of the Southern Baptist Convention is the best way to live life, other than the people who created the Southern Baptist Convention and those they indoctrinate.  

Latest revision as of 09:25, 18 November 2020

Restarting history should result in similar scientific results, but not similar cultural results.

Humanity reboot is a thought experiment which attempts to demonstrate a fundamental difference between evidence-based beliefs, and other forms of belief.

Imagine rebooting humanity as though it were a computer, resetting all of history all the way back to the very dawn of Homo sapiens, before any technology or culture, and then letting history play itself out again with slightly different starting variables.

It's reasonable to believe that humans will once again make stone tools, tame fire, create the wheel, begin writing, discover mathematics and logic, invent microscopes and telescopes, and eventually understand relativity and quantum mechanics. Achievements of science and technology will progress and develop more or less the same as they did before, because science and technology are based on the objective fundamental laws of the universe.

However, the same can not be said for specific cultural achievements. Although humans will will no doubt create painting, we won't see the Starry Night. We'll create music, but we won't have Moonlight Sonata. We will have drama, but not Hamlet. We will have fashion, but not acid-washed bell-bottom jeans. The same is true for religion. People will most likely go through a stage where they will believe lightning bolts are hurled to the ground by a god in the sky, but they won't think that god lives on a specific mountain in the region once called Greece and sometimes descends in the form of a swan to impregnate young women. Religious people will probably formulate the idea of an afterlife with both good and bad outcomes, but the specifics of how one gets into the good outcome won't be contingent on worshiping a specific Middle Eastern man who was executed to appease a vengeful god who is also the slain man's father, and both of them hate gay sex.

However, there are some cultural world views that are generic enough that they probably will repeat. For example, throughout history, many people have independently come to the conclusion that we should behave as though the natural world is all there is, and that life is precious, so we should try to make things better for everyone in the here and now, a belief known as secular humanism. In contrast, only one group has ever independently concluded that the tenants of the Southern Baptist Convention is the best way to live life, other than the people who created the Southern Baptist Convention and those they indoctrinate.