Most significant invention in the history of mankind?

Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by static76, Aug 5, 2002.

  1. fadingCaptain are you a robot? Valued Senior Member

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    Language. It allowed us to communicate and cooperate with each other effectively.
     
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  3. lotuseatsvipers CloseMindedBob Registered Senior Member

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  5. wet1 Wanderer Registered Senior Member

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    Those Segway's on loan to the Atlantis Police Department were all returned. There was no mention of purchasing any.

    Segway's will never replace the foot. No matter what the inventor would like for you to believe.
     
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  7. lotuseatsvipers CloseMindedBob Registered Senior Member

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    oh comeon wet1, You know you want to test one out, give it an old spinaroo.
     
  8. Boris2 Valued Senior Member

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    The printing press and reusable type were actual <I>inventions</I> that helped spread and preserve knowledge. Langauge was not invented. Writing probably evolved, rather than someone sitting down and inventing an alphabet or suchlike.

    JMO.
     
  9. MRC_Hans Skeptic Registered Senior Member

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    I vote for language. Sure, you might say it evolved, but I'm sure sometimes people have sat down and agreed on the precise words to use in the upcoming hunt, fight, or ceromony, thus making language an artifact.

    Fire was also important, and the taming and use of fire surely count as an invention, after all, most inventions involve the taming and use of some natural phenomenon.

    Writing was important, but you might argue that it is merely a further developement of language.

    Hans
     
  10. dickbaby Banned Banned

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    It's a bit dull and boring but nobody has mentioned the wheel yet?

    That, or maybe religion

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  11. Thor "Pfft, Rebel scum!" Valued Senior Member

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    I'm gonna say the Combustion Engine
     
  12. Neutrino_Albatross Legion of Dynamic Discord Registered Senior Member

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    The plow because civilization cannot exist without it.
     

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