Между делом за день пробегаешь глазами чужие публикации.
Что по огнестрелу, что по ножам: эти вечные два "противоположных лагеря". Со взаимными обвинениями..
Вот читаю девушку.
Умная, современная, толковая барышня.
Я сама как-то её консультировала, помогала нож выбрать.
И раз, с первых строк : "я пацифист, меня оружие не трогает" и просто случайное "но" "в сумочке был нож".
И потому милая барышня помогла коллективу мужчин-пап открыть упаковку с куклой. На детском празднике. Бывают такие упаковки, знаете ли.. Ничем их не возьмешь.
А я вот, к слову, ещё и на кухне ножами пользуюсь! И в поход беру с собой. И...
Нет мне прощения, в общем, и к пацифистам меня не пустят :)
Но, хотелось бы напомнить, что когда такое известное издание как Forbes проводило большой опрос под названием The 20 Most Important Tools Ever, то на первое место мыслящие люди отнесли....
Да, да, именно его, тот предмет, который, по-мнению некоторых, не позволяет быть нам пацифистами:
Stop for a minute and think about what you’ve done today–every job you’ve accomplished, every task you’ve completed. Did you get these things done through sheer force of will, with your bare hands and brawn? Most likely, you needed help–a knife and a spoon to eat your breakfast, a key to start your car, a computer to read these words.
From dawn to dusk, humans rely on tools to get us through the day. And from the beginning of civilization, we’ve used them to build and shape our world. In order to celebrate these devices, and so we might reflect upon the ways that we are the tools we use, Forbes.com decided to compile a list of the 20 most important tools of all time. These are the tools that have most impacted human civilization and helped move the course of history.
We started with a candidate list, which was created by a panel of experts, including Don Norman, a cognitive scientist and industrial design expert; Edward Tenner, a senior research associate at the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History; and Henry Petroski, Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History at Duke University. These candidates represented a wide swath of human tool making–from ancient implements like the knife to modern gear like the remote control.
Next, we polled Forbes.com readers for their choice of the top tools. More than 3,000 people responded. We then surveyed 10 senior editors at Forbes.com asking them to rank their top 20. Two of our experts cast votes as well. The final rankings are a weighted-average of experts’, editors’ and readers’ picks. For more on how we created the list, see the methodology.
Our number one tool, the knife, ranked high on everyone’s list. It’s one of the most ancient tools in our arsenal–our ancestors chipped the first ones out of rock more than two million years ago. It’s so useful that five out of our top twenty tools–the chisel, the lathe, the saw, the scythe and the sword–are themselves forms of the knife, specialized for different circumstances. The knife helps feed us, shelter us, defend us and assure our survival. It’s the most reliable, useful and important tool in human history. For more on why the knife ranked number one, click here.
To be fair, creating a list like this is at best a very inexact science. It is, as expert panelist Don Norman says in his essay “Things That Make Us Smart,” nearly impossible to rank the many types of tools in importance:
“One set of tools is essential for life: knives and other hand tools, fire and other tools for clothing and warmth, agricultural tools, and transportation tools such as packs, wheels, wagons, harnesses and saddles. Another set is essential for the advancement of knowledge, civilization and culture: notation, reading and writing, and the algorithms for logical thinking. How can one compare these sets? Comparing apples with oranges is easy compared to this: This is comparing apples with algebra.”
To be sure, this list isn’t perfect. We had to artificially limit our definition of “tool” to hand-wielded implements, which meant no one could vote for “language”–arguably the most important tool of all. We also grouped together similar tools to reduce the size of the list–the pencil is a stand in for pens, quills, and brushes.
Some of the tools that didn’t make the final list might rank among your personal favorites. Our readers voted the condom, the syringe, the remote control and the floppy disk into their top 20, but those tools didn’t make the final list. And once we finished our rankings, more than one critic demanded to know why their favorite fix-it –duct tape–hadn’t made the cut (for more on duct tape, see: “The Other Best Tool Ever“).