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On Oct 27, 2014, Tom Cutts wrote:
Ahhhh, but music is a language. It's a language of rhythm"!

Check and mate!


Well, if you want to use the word "language " in that context, we might as well say mathematics too. What's music without math?

And mathematics is not an invention, but a discovery.

Music is a way of harnessing mathematics, not language. A precursor to language itself.
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The wheel.

A wheel is worth nothing without an axel and chassis.

That's absurd.

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At conception it was probably just a few logs under a huge load.

No axle, no chassis.
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So, the wheel is a discovery and not an invention?
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And mathematics is not an invention, but a discovery.

Contestable. There are many systems of math, only some of which correspond to the world we live in as far as we know.
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And mathematics is not an invention, but a discovery.

God gave us the integers; all the rest is the work of man.
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The internal combustion engine.
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It's a tie between toilet paper and soap. Both helped make the handshake possible, contributing to peaceful conflict resolution and good trade practices worldwide.

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Nope ..

it has to be when somebody lied and people accepted that over the truth.

Inventing your own truths is the source of all creativity, good and bad.
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How about the sail on A boat?
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Calculus is an invention.
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You could see mathematics as we use it as an invention, but it is only a tool invented to help us understand and calculate what is occurring naturally. In this way I say math is a discovery.
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The brassiere.
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Everyone ignores me, as usual.

What changed the direction of life for homo sapiens sapiens?

Agriculture.

The internal combustion engine.

Stuff like that.

My personal choice might be something like the Marshall amplifier, but that would be disingenuous.
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Everyone ignores me, as usual.

What changed the direction of life for homo sapiens sapiens?

Agriculture.

The internal combustion engine.

Stuff like that.

My personal choice might be something like the Marshall amplifier, but that would be disingenuous.


I kind of see agriculture like mathematics. Man took something that is occurring naturally and put it in order/organization. Although we merely invented the system, what actually happened is we discovered ways to sustain life. Was agriculture really an invention, or just a shift in the way we gathered food?
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It was invention that allowed us to effectively implement agriculture.
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