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Michael Barr barr at barrs.org
Thu Jan 9 13:10:50 PST 2003

I couldn't agree more.  And not all Tekla are on Dragaera.

On Thu, 9 Jan 2003 Randi128 at aol.com wrote:

> On 1-9-2003 at 2:48 PM, Michael Barr wrote
> ><SNIP>And the whole idea of the experimental method, so crucial to 
> technology, 
> >escaped the Greeks and rose only ever so slowly in Europe. Had conditions 
> been
> >even slightly different, it might not have happened.
> With conditions the way they were in the middle ages, I'm surprised 
> technology progressed as fast as it did. I think greed was a major factor, 
> with improved tech and new and larger markets, countries were able to 
> increase thier wealth exponentially.ie Spain, Portugal, France, England.
> The suppression of knowledge and technology is a well documented historical 
> fact. Most monarchies, empires and dictatorships have tried, with success 
> most times, to keep the masses ignorant. A well educated, enlightened public 
> does not take to being ruled with an iron fist. Superstitious, ignorant 
> people are easily handled. In the dragaeran world, only the aristocrats are 
> allowed to learn sorcery, Teckla, the largest group, are generally not 
> taught, though they are allowed a link to the orb. In _Teckla_ there is one 
> teckla who had studied sorcery, on his own, but he is not the norm. 
> John D. Barbato OD