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It is plenty confusion today about using term like invention, science, experimental science etc.
Any way I didnít mean just on material science but as well on humanistic science. One example is Sigmund Freud - founder of psychoanalysis. I doubt that he will able to think about psychoanalysis if was living under nazi regime.
For the Nazis, the purpose of discoveries and inventions is to strength the belief in mental supremacy of Arian race. Discovery and invention that comes from non Arian was undesirable.
Another fact is, that living under constantan fear for own life and for lives of loved ones will make from greatest genius just simply man without ability to invent anything.
The terms 'discovery' and 'invention' have pretty clear meanings and distinctions in teh English language.
You discover what is there (polonium is there whether Marie Curie had discovered it or not),
and you invent what is not there (the gramophone record would never have existed unless someone had invented it).
Quote from: GBSB on 29/04/2008 01:40:32For the Nazis, the purpose of discoveries and inventions is to strength the belief in mental supremacy of Arian race. Discovery and invention that comes from non Arian was undesirable.To some extent the same could be said of any political system - they use sport, and science, to prove the superiority of their own view of human society. The Soviets and Chinese both did this, and so do the Americans.
Quote from: GBSB on 29/04/2008 01:40:32Another fact is, that living under constantan fear for own life and for lives of loved ones will make from greatest genius just simply man without ability to invent anything.This is not at all the case, and has been shown not to be the case in many oppressive societies. What you may have more validity in saying is that oppressive regimes are often poorly organised, and cannot make proper use of the inventions, but not that it stops the inventions from happening. On the contrary, often in oppressive regimes, the genius will focus even more on his work as a way of forgetting the problems of living in the real world.
I would just like to add actually that how anyone could look up to Hitler beggars belief; you can often see a mans true colours in defeat, there he is(Hitler) the allies are getting closer and what does he say: "Burn everything! they can conker ashes!" Here's a man that really cares about his people.And I say to any budding Nazi today; Our grandfathers and their generation, fought suffered and died to stop that Nazi, fascist, racist, crap. So I say it load and clear, If you are a fascist, you dishonor everything they fought and died for- FOR SHAME!