I would like to comment on an aspect on Tony Bazan’s lecture where he listed the following ages; agricultural, industrial, information, knowledge and the age of intelligence. This is a standard model outlining the timeline of human development, but I feel that putting information, knowledge and intelligence in this group misleading as the timeline of knowledge and information should be considered separate in their own rights.

More importantly any timeline on this should rather take into account how the transfer of knowledge and information has developed over time.

If we take the age of agriculture, crops such as wheat started to be grown about 10,000 years ago in the Middle East, and animals also started to be enclosed and domesticated, perhaps a lot earlier.

It could have only been through the passing of information and the gaining of knowledge as to what animals to domesticate and what crops to grow which enabled the modern agriculture we know today. If information was not part of the agricultural age how would we know what to grow or eat today?

Today we still use the inventions and theories developed in the industrial age, modernized, but still the same principles.

Behind all developments information, knowledge and intelligence played a vital part and was just as important as it is today, perhaps even more so as with a growing population more food had to come from somewhere.

Perhaps though knowledge is more important economically as it is seen as a commodity and may not be as freely given as it once was. Google is not a charity! It makes a profit.

The timeline of knowledge and information transfer could be used instead such as;
o the age of rock paintings,
o the age of symbols,
o the age of books
o the age of wire
o the age of radio
o the age of television
o the age of the internet

The transfer of knowledge and information may have sped up, but is the content of what we are transmitting slowed down?

Can we really say that we are in the intelligence age when some of the information and knowledge transferred is ignored. Take global warming, the information has been around for a while (I think since the 70’s) yet we have been slow to act.

Thanks

Tim

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Well, Tony did point out that one age overlaps another rather than replaces it. We still have agriculture; it's simply no longer at the top of our agenda.

One place I do differ with Tony is in the utility of breaking the recent past into slivers while leaving the distant past in large blobs. As you point out, Tim, agriculture was not a yes or no proposition. We could well have the Age of Planting Seeds, the Age of Taming Beasts, the Age of Cultivating Top Producing Plants, the Age of Irrigation, etc. That's why my schema has us leaving the Machine Age for the Network Era. I do think the advent of two-way information flow is a momentous shift.

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