Pavlos (pavlos) wrote,
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Knowing it all

It occurs to me, partly as a result of having Aris, but not just, that as a person with sort of scientific training living today, I'm able to answer almost any "How does this work?" question. Not for everything, but really for the great majority of things I can give a satisfactory account of their operation. I tend to take this for granted, but it is, well, remarkable.

I presume those of you who are of the same technical bent (and by definition privileged westerners) can do the same. How does it feel not to be in this position? To look at a plane, a computer, a power plant, or a volume scanner and really have no idea how the thing works? To use things every day that operate as if by magic?
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