Darker Sides of Innovation

Then, there is the history of bad innovations that are supposed to create positive results. Most textbooks do not include the following innovations:

•    The Romans cut the Achilles tendon of conquered soldiers. These soldiers would never be able to fight Rome again.

•    The Nazis created innovative ways of killing thousands of people at the same time by burning them.

•    Catholic priests in the Middle Ages innovated and made themselves wealthy by selling indulgences. Such money making would make contemporary fundraisers green with envy.

•    The Spanish conquistador Cortez landed near Veracruz, Mexico and after a short time of finding no riches but many mosquitoes, his men started grumbling and wanted to go home. ...

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