Societal advancement and prosperity is very much the product of engineering. Whether that's irrigation canals, dams, the Wheel or electrical power plants, engineering is what drives societal progression and wealth.
On an individual basis, Medicine. Most people would choose health over conveniences. Medicine allows people to live longer lives, and lives with fewer debilitating conditions, less subject to the consequences and pain associated with illness.
While wiping out Polio or discovering penicillin is great, the Human race still invented technologies like the wheel, irrigation, and construction, built tremendous empires, and mastered the four corners of the earth despite living shorter lifespans ravaged by plagues, diseases and malnutrition.
Originally Posted by lakers4sho
I loathe math.
Originally Posted by ewing
This debate doesn't sound interesting
Originally Posted by rhymeratic
Shoot I'd even put up Glen Rice and Mitch Richmond in their prime at or slightly better than James. Even Glenn Robinson who is a forgotten beast.
Ready for an unpopular opinion? I think we're almost getting too advanced with medicine. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of living over 100 years, but it's irresponsible of us as a species. By doing this we're creating a population that's completely unsustainable. This planet isn't made to support 7 billion people, and that number is just growing. Though individually it would suck, we'd be better off as a species if nobody lived past 60. Ironically what is keeping us alive might also doom our species and our planet.