Everything that matters to our modern life was built by engineers and workers who got their hands dirty. Scientists sat in cushy universities writing textbooks after the fact indoctrinating generations to think it was their post-hoc explanations that built things. Lord Kelvin was one of the world’s most important scientists when airplanes were invented. This is what he thought: “I have not the smallest molecule of faith in aerial navigation other than ballooning, or of the expectation of good results from any of the trials we heard of.” Astronomer and polymath Simon Newcomb in 1903: “Aerial flight is one of that class of problems with which man will never be able to cope.” This was the same year in which the Wright Brothers, two bicycle shop owner high school dropouts, built the first working airplane. Three years after the Wright Brothers flew, The London Times dismissed their claims of flight as fake, and was instead writing: “All attempts at artificial aviation are not only dangerous to human life, but foredoomed to failure from the engineering standpoint.”
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