Examples throughout history prove her point: During the reign of Cleopatra, Eratosthenes deduced the circumference of the Earth was roughly 25,000 miles, knowledge that would be lost for more than a millennium until rediscovered by Copernicus.
The engineer Heron of Alexandria in his treatise Pneumatica (AD 62) laid out the principles of steam power.
Consider this: The Egyptians had the technical knowledge to start the industrial revolution. What they lacked was the economic incentive to create labor-saving machinery because they relied on slaves.
(Above: His Aeolipile was a child's a toy).
Hitchcock popped up in all his films, just as Renaissance artists painted themselves into a row of heads on the fringes of frescoes.
And high upon each of the two walls of Chichén Itzá's ‘Ball Court’ in Mexico are two vertical hoops. Two teams would try to shoot a rubber ball into the hoop without using either their hands or feet. (They used their hips). The winning team were sacrificed--it being considered an honor--elevating the sacrificed's family to a higher social status.
Basketball fans say the game was invented by Charles Naismith in 1891. I say evidence trumps opinion.