“Nature is Wild Potential”

Alex Epstein (Philosopher)

The Discovery of Fire

Before the discovery of fire, the only energy humans could use was the one in their muscles and brains. Otherwise, lightning bolts were high energy zigzags thrown down by Zeus, storms were the energy of the sea god Poseidon, and volcanoes were Hades, god of the underworld who had ruled the earth for 600 million years during the Hadean.

After we discovered the making of fire (circa. 700,000BCE), we were smart enough not to play with it like some toy. Fire, energy, can be a creative or a destructive force. It is agnostic to human ethos but deadly to fools.

We thereafter invented…

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