I have this world in my cosmic garden where open flames are not possible in the primary atmosphere (either not enough oxygen or some other factor that limits free burning of fuel).
Given that advanced technology (as we know it) is only possible through the application of heat, would is be possible for this world to rise to the same level of technology (accessible to all) as we have?
Another assumption we have is that it's possible for this civilisation to discover a method which allows for combustion.
We also assume that the civilisation isn't yet prey to political competitiveness (the beings are benevolent and strive for the greater good of the species).
Clarification: We want these beings to be able enter the electronic computer age, and/or develop technology to leave the planet.
So, would this be possible without an atmosphere that allows open flames?
Further clarification: Post edited to be fully clear (sorry, this was my first question and I confused rather than informed people)
I woke up this morning to see that this question has been marked as a possible duplicate. This isn't strictly the case as I explicitly don't rule out fire here, just that it isn't possible in the open atmosphere.
I have this world in my cosmic garden where exothermic reaction is not possible in the primary atmosphere.This sentence needs a serious explanation. Do we have a localized heat death? If not, is the atmosphere a mixture of some noble gases (or why would there be no exothermic reactions possible)? (Note that noble gases alone doesn't fulfill the criteria, since at least the reaction for XeF2 is exothermic). If you simply meant "no oxidization possible, since no oxide in the atmosphere", this changes the question fundamentally. No exothermic reactions at all = heat death $\endgroup$