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The creative society by Lars Tvede

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THE FIRSTCIVILIZATIONS

We shall now visit China’s Shaanxi province.

In the spring of 1974, the people there were suffering the effects of a prolonged drought. One day in late March, six brothers met under some trees on the outskirts of the city to discuss strategies. The eldest of them, Yang Peiyan, pointed to a place which he thought seemed a good place to dig a well.

The next morning, the six brothers arrived with their spades and began digging a hole, four metres square. Everything went as expected until, around the middle of the day, they reached a very hard layer, approximately one metre in. “Maybe it’s the top of an old clay oven”, said ...

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