There is a tendency to undervalue old ideas and fundamental wisdom, based on an assumption that old ideas will provide an average result.
In reality, old fundamentals are those great and time-tested ideas that have outlasted other bad ideas.
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Implementing fundamentals is often the difference between success and failure.
Our culture claims that work is unavoidable and natural. The idea that the world can be freed from work, wholly or in part, has been suppressed for as long as capitalism has existed.
Two of the biggest innovations of modern times are cars and airplanes. At first, every new invention looks like a toy. It takes decades for people to realise the potential of it.
Human history is often framed as a series of episodes, representing sudden bursts of knowledge. The Agricultural Revolution, the Renaissance, and the Industrial Revolution are a few examples where it is generally thought that innovation moved quicker than at other points in history, leading to a shake-up in science, literature, technology, and philosophy.
The Scientific Revolution is the most notable of these, emerging just after the dark ages.