Re: Are we here because of Theia?
You can go really, really far with what defines technology and what defines an advanced civilization. People have gone very far with it indeed, to the point it gets hopelessly abstracted, but the underlying arguments are fairly simple:
- As a civilization grows more advanced it develops ever more technologies that are used to shape and influence the world around them as much as possible.
- As a civilization grows more advanced it ceases to shape and influence the world around it as the civilization has learned to use nothing more than is provided.
Both arguments have merit and, interestingly, both represent the ultimate expressions of the extremes of advanced engineering. I lean toward the bigger, better, faster, stronger through applying science and mathematics to shape the world to as I want it (or my clients want it). But at the same time I've got crazy respect for my opposite who can accomplish truly phenomenal things with a stack of rocks and some trees. Oddly enough, my view on things isn't remotely sustainable and increases the overall effort burden for society as a whole.
In the end it's all speculative, highly esoteric philosophy of the highest order, but it's great pub conversation.