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The Light of Man


Gershenfeld would most probably concur the true spirit of Thomas Edison's revolutionary patent of the light bulb was a simple work of genius. Kahn would have to disagree.
The principles of Gershenfeld’s Fab articles were based primarily on the brilliance of man and the exploration of new and innovative creations. What Kahn explains, much more eloquently, is the relationship of light and nature in all of man. So, light is the essence of all life and without it there would be nothing. Man is simply a product of light and nature. He is born with a brain and the “golden dust? that man inherits is where “he senses the desire to learn to express.?
Gershenfeld speaks of this desire, but on a much different tangent. For in the world of Kahn nature “knows no favorite,? and therefore all are equal, but with Gershenfeld humans are born with individual desires that they eagerly pursue if granted the willpower and supplies to do so. The course, which Gershenfeld instructs, is based on establishing the want for creating something new and actually constructing it. For Gershenfeld this process is magnificent, but Kahn once again weakens the impressive argument. “Inspiration must already have something of a promise of being able to express that which is only a desire to express, because the evidence of the material making of light gives already a feeling of inspiration.? Basically stating that light is the ruler of all creation and exploration beyond the tangible evidence of reality.
The two authors reflect too much of their personal brain wave activity in their bias reports. Gershenfeld brags of the accomplishments of manmade machines and how they shall one day rule the world. Kahn’s theory proves to be more realistic, but still quite vague. For the sun is not the only control of the universe there are millions of people who fight and support their individual beliefs. But there are so many other necessary elements in the universe that do not depend solely on the sun and its light. For the tulips resting upon the windowsill, yes they are attracted and made visible by light, but when the sun sets and the florescent lights overhead are fired up, there is no sunlight radiating through the thin frames of the petals and creating their brilliant hues. The artificial light serves as an invention of man that reproduces the sun and illuminates beauty while the great body of light sleeps. In summary, perhaps Edison did have a stroke of genius, but what fueled his desire to create were elements of nature and the light of the sun.