Saturday, March 17, 2007

Moving Blocks to Anthropology – The Value of Work

Yesterday, I posted a YouTube video about a man who was able to move twenty ton blocks pretty much single handed. It's a crazy video. Watch it if you haven't, already. It's the next post down from this one.

The man's obsession is with moving things by hand and with simple tools. He's done stuff like moved barns and the like, essentially alone. Beyond his work being a study for people who are interested in efficiency and low powered, cheap ways of moving heavy objects, he has entered the realms of anthropology, now, because he's making assertions that can't be ignored. He has demonstrated that one guy can move a Stonehenge sized block, which suddenly means that “how they did it” has become vastly simplified. No longer do we have to hypothesize armies of workers like with the Egyptian pyramids, but just some mechanically minded people with rocks and sticks.

It never ceases to amaze me me how things are connected! It never ceases to amaze me that something I wouldn't have thought would go anywhere has gotten where it's gone! A man who, hitherto, had been a construction worker has entered the fray of archeology and anthropology!

It is things like this that convince me never to overlook or underestimate someone's work, that convinces me that the development of humanity is contingent on people doing what they want to do, not what society forces them to do. How many service sector workers are squandering unknown talents because rather than laboring in a system that values whatever it is they choose to do, instead uses economic coercion and social ridicule them into jobs they desperately do not want to do and, really, we could do without, anyway?

Anything can change the world. A man who moves blocks can become significant to archeology! I feel the greatest efforts of humanity are suppressed because we're foolishly tied to a system that channels people into separate bubbles, often against their wishes. This squandering of human talent and potential must end!

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2 Comments:

breakerslion said...

This would also explain in part how Coral Castle was accomplished. There is still a mystery as to how Leedskalnin moved the cut stone from the quarry to the construction site. The method described in the video would have been observed and documented, I would think.

To answer you question, a few good men and women, probably. The rest have risen to their level of incompetence, a-la The Peter Principle. Why this is their level of incompetence, and how they got that way would lead one down a rabbit hole of causality.

March 17, 2007 11:32 AM  
Brian Dunbar said...

Beyond his work being a study for people who are interested in efficiency and low powered, cheap ways of moving heavy objects,

It's only cheap if your time is.

I feel the greatest efforts of humanity are suppressed because we're foolishly tied to a system that channels people into separate bubbles, often against their wishes. This squandering of human talent and potential must end!

You mean the deal where we have a division of labor, the thing that made the modern world what it is?

And what is this foolish talk about 'against their wishes'. No one ever does anything they don't want to do.

March 17, 2007 2:41 PM  

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