By Scott Nesler
Content Index: PC111
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|Science and learning in general would preserve the privileged few, the vast population of the city had not the vaguest notion of the great discoveries being made within these walls ... The discovery in mechanics, say, or steam technology, many were applied to the perfection of weapons, to the encouragement of superstition, to the amusement of kings. Scientist never seemed to grasp the enormous potential of machines to free people from arduous and repetitive labor. The great intellectual achievements of antiquity had few practical applications. Science never captured the imagination of the multitude. There was no counter balance to stagnation, pessimism, the most abject surrender to mysticism. So when, at long last the mob came to burn the place down, there was noone to stop them. — Cosmos - (The fall of the of the great library of Alexandria) — Carl Sagan|