Originally Posted by melliedee
The thing with scientific discoveries is that there is usually someone right on the heels of the original person who gets the credit.
Reading this reminds me of something I was thinking about when I was watching Battlestar Galactica. The show is about humans that have never been to earth, which to them is only a sort of legend.
A scene takes place on Caprica, which has been nuked by the enemy. Two characters are hiding in an abandoned restaurant. If you look around, you see plates and cups and glasses and even an espresso machine. Every object looks exactly like the objects we use on Earth. I thought, "How could they have the exact same stuff as we do on Earth, if they've never been here?" Then I thought, "If you have a second, isolated set of humans, would they ultimately come up with the same things that the first set of humans does?"
Don't laugh at me.