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The Most Important Change in the 20th C.

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Brad
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I have three candidates:

1. The doubling of the average age of death.

2. Transportation: cars and planes.

3. The shift in population from agricultural jobs to manufacturing and service.

I'm pretty sure it's number one, but I'm open to new ideas.
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Me.

'cause it's all about me.  

Came back to add, I'll think more about this.

I just had to yank yer chain.

It's a very nice chain.

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The first one that comes to my mind is the shift of world power from Europe to the USA and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

The second change would be the means of communication with the invention of the telephone, internet, electronic mail, and the one I hate the most, the cell phone.  
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computers
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Nobody said it had to be a good thing, right?

global warming
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At a trivial level I'd have to agree with your #1 Brad, on the basis that it allowed greater opportunity for all the other changes (except Karen's which isn't necessarily a change   )

On a more serious note I'd say quantum mechanics, which may have provided the first glimmers into what really is real.
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Well, I disagree with Brad's #1 but I agree with you, moonbeam, to an extent.

When one looks at the changes E=mc squared made, and will continue to make, it's hard to discount it as the day mankind learned how to destroy itself.

Serenity gal, the global warming thing will certainly be remembered, along with Yeti, the Loch Ness monster and other fables mankind likes to perpetuate

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Perhaps.

But tell me that when we're both underwater.

Or the next century will look at skeletons of polar bears like we view dinosaur bones...
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hehe...how about I tell you when we're under snow....like all the people on the east coast? Darn that global warming!!
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Toilets!
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no order just some stuff

the right to vote, divorce my husband, and own property in my own name.

true, Deer on computers.

phones/cell phones.

materials other than cotton or wool or animal skins for clothing.

bathrooms/modern plumbing

rock n roll

modern clothes washers and dryers.

the ban on lead-based paint

and of course any discoveries that help make your #1 possible.
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Laugh at the name, but it's all the same climate change.

And damn, I'm rhyming.

Snow in New Orleans twice in 5 years?

and yeah, those seagulls over my head are starting to bother me lovie.

(They seem to like french fries...)

Go figger.

But check out the new maps when they come out, and you should be alarmed.

And yeah, WE did it. I mean, even President Bush said so.
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On my list of the most important "events" I think the two World Wars would come first, for the profound changes they have engendered or gave momentum to: communications, transportation, media & propaganda, moral & existential philosophy and beliefs, the shaking of religious faith, science (esp. physics, and eventually the space race) etc. It also brought to an end the colonizing era, and drastically changed the political world map.

Urbanization and the internet brought parallel and profound changes, I believe. Education and information are now more available than ever. For millions, it has also been a huge change of lifestyle. And arguably increased isolation in the ever-expanding global community.

Then there are those changes whose importance depend on point-of-view, i.e. changes that were felt more locally. For example, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the humiliation of defeat changed Japan dramatically, from a war nation to an economic superpower. The end of their empire allowed other Asian nations to develop too.
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Climate change is a recent development?
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I'm not in the mood. I'm not quite as old as the dinosaurs, but it feels that way.

Have a happy memorial day of a smooth political move.
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Karen,

Did my sarcastic question offend you?  

Actually I believe on quite different grounds that natural distasters, including erratic weather, are on the increase, but I've been somewhat skeptical of the global-warming movement as a whole.  I haven't at all ruled it out, especially not for political reasons.  It's one of my "I need to study that out more ... someday" topics.

Stephen
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Flight, the realization of a time immemorial dream.

Or, for a more philosophical discussion, try Henry Adams "The Virgin and the Dyamo." What it meant to be zonked by technology.

Best, Jimbeaux
 
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