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The Man Who Brought Light to the World

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    There are few individuals in the history of the world that will forever have an impact on life for years upon years to come and Thomas Edison is one of those individuals. The man credited for inventing the first practical light bulb is also responsible for a whole host of other inventions that dramatically changed the world and helped to usher it into the industrial age, with many of them still being widely used today. From inventing the first x-ray machine called the fluoroscope to the carbon microphone that was used in all telephones in the United States until the 1980's, Mr. Edison changed the world in ways that will be recognizable for decades to come. Thoughts on Mr. Edison and his contribution to society?
  • Center Left
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    This conversation isn't complete without mentioning how he screwed over Tesla.
  • Independent
    Dover, TN
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    How long will it be till someone with strong religious convictions argues with the title to this post?
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Boone:


    I agree with Jared that Thomas Edison contributed an awful lot to our society, even though his inclusion as a topic strays a bit from the usual
    topics of politics and religion.

    I wouldn't say that I'm a Biblical scholar, and I absolutely am not a believer in interpreting the Bible literally (as does 30% of our population) but the first thing I thought of when I read the title was John 8:12.

    Thomas Edison DOES tie in to our normal set of topics, though, in a couple of ways.

    1) When it comes to religion, he wold be classified as a "free thinker", a title that would NEVER be applied to a lot of voters in the Red States, but he wasn't an atheist. Here's his opinion on a "higher being":

    I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us- everything that exists - proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision.

    2) Nonviolence was key to Edison's moral views, which would make him more like a Democrat than a Republican.

    Some of the other notes in his bio make for interesting reading:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Edison
  • Center Left
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    sbfriedman Wrote: This conversation isn't complete without mentioning how he screwed over Tesla.
    Agreed ! And we ended up following Tesla's ideas. After Edison had electrocuted far too many animals to prove his point. Not 100% honest with that either.
  • Independent
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    I've actually been to his house or what's advertised as his house in Port Huron Mi.

    I was thinking more in the way of Genesis; And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning —the first day
  • Liberal
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    Good fairy tale, now lets see some evidence!
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    TJ Wrote:
    sbfriedman Wrote: This conversation isn't complete without mentioning how he screwed over Tesla.
    Agreed ! And we ended up following Tesla's ideas. After Edison had electrocuted far too many animals to prove his point. Not 100% honest with that either.
    That crazy man wanted to power the nation with geothermal and hydrothermal. Tesla was green long before we coined the term.

    And let's thank Edison for showing what cocaine is really good for. Ed sent an ounce a week to his lab where guys were working 18 hours gigs.
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    Boone Wrote: I've actually been to his house or what's advertised as his house in Port Huron Mi.

    I was thinking more in the way of Genesis; And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning —the first day
    Hey congratulations; you dragged again the "ghost" writers into the picture; in the olden days they had also plenty of light they just used other means, fire, candles. glow worms you name it. For the rest "bull" statements.
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    Boone Wrote: I've actually been to his house or what's advertised as his house in Port Huron Mi.

    I was thinking more in the way of Genesis; And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning —the first day
    I've always found that passage funny. God seperated night from day by spinning the planet? Then why not write that? I view Genesis as poetry thus literary leeway is granted for facts.
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    Boone: I see nothing wrong with the title. Edison is credited with giving us the light bulb, so the title is a valid one.

    "I See No Conflict Between Religion and Science" by Eric Kandel April 27, 2013, 11:00 AM http://bigthink.com/users/erickandel

    that guy in Arizona: Who is the 30% interpreting the Bible literally? I hear a lot of people claim to take it litterally; but I haven't seen a group that does. Those which claim to interpret the Bible literally usually limit the verses which apply to their view of "Salvation" and ignore a majority of the NT the requires a change in attitude. The Fundermentalists Christians who claim to use a literial interpretation take little from the NT and usually take a lot from the OT as it allows them to War and accumulate wealth. They also make use of half Truths and take things out of context to support their views.
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    There are plenty of arguments against a literal translation. For me the most important is that it all started with one family with two sons...... unless there was incest, where did the rest of the planet come from ? I think the seven days to create the earth is simply seven periods of time. Each being maybe a million or two years. Adam & Eve = mankind in general.
  • Liberal
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    We all come from aliens ;)
  • Independent
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    My statement was meant as a pun. I could not argue theology with a 5 year old.
  • Independent
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    Boone Wrote: My statement was meant as a pun. I could not argue theology with a 5 year old.
    Neither with the Pope or Mohammed or Romney; they all have seen the "light" as well as my dirty underwear.