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Snaggy

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Icon 6 posted October 02, 2009 09:35      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Tinkering school dropout spoils bucolic Africa... [Wink]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8257153.stm

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Sxeptomaniac

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Icon 1 posted October 02, 2009 14:56      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Impressive story. That kind of ingenuity with so little education means he has to be incredibly intelligent. He'd probably already have at least one upper-level doctorate in engineering or something like that if he'd been born in any more developed nation.

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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted October 03, 2009 04:49      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____ This guy is impressive, He is basically reinventing the wheel, from drawings.

____ I have been playing with Alt. Energy for thirty years, I have had the advantage of a fully equipped machine shop. This young man with not much more than hand tools, has gotten much better results with less.

____ To be truthful I have not gone after the brass ring with as much gusto as he has, He has done quite a feat.

Imagine what he could do with better tools.

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MacManKrisK

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Icon 1 posted October 03, 2009 08:05      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Sxeptomaniac:
He'd probably already have at least one upper-level doctorate in engineering or something like that if he'd been born in any more developed nation.

And if he had that upper-level doctorate, he'd have all the creativity crushed out of him by the hoops and hurdles of the educational system and have never actually done anything as creative as build a windmill out of junk.

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Xanthine

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Actually, they don't take your creativity. Instead, they crush your soul.

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Quoth TheMoMan:
Imagine what he could do with better tools.

Quite true...but to me, it is definitely the mark of real talent to make the best of what you've got. Getting every last bit of utility out of basic resources often requires more ingenuity, and prompts more clever innovation than neatly prepackaged tools. That being said, once one has gotten to a certain point, the good stuff ought to be used, to make /really/ amazing things. But if you don't get a really good feel for what you're doing (I'd say he's done so by now), the 'good stuff' might kill innovation by being too easy.

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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted October 04, 2009 04:07      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____ What could he do with better tools, lets say that along the way he acquired some skills from a blacksmith, or a wheel right. I am all for re-purposing, and thinking out of the box. It is apparent that he does not need to know formulas to build his rotors, a few more skills under his belt, and better junk.

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