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What one thing had the biggest influence on the evolution/de-evolution of society?

Not thinking about "discoveries" like fire or electricity, but how man harnessed something and made something out of it.

My vote goes to the printing press. All of the sudden ideas could be distributed in mass and knowledge built upon knowledge across borders, across languages. Look what it did for Christianity for example.
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These could go either way I guess; for the benefit or detriment of mankind that is.
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The wheel.
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A wheel is worth nothing without an axel and chassis.

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


A wheel is worth nothing without an axel and chassis.

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

Which changed the world in the most sweeping of ways for man.

Your printing press is pointless without language and ideas to spread. What's your point?

Come to think of it, language might be the top invention ever.
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My point is the printing press was a vehicle for language. Just like a wheel needs a vehicle to become useful. At the very basic level a one wheeled vehicle like a wheel barrow has an axel and a chassis to make the wheel actually useful.
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You got it 180 degrees backwards. No wheel, no axels, no vehicles. No language, no printing press. Language was doing so much more so importantly without the printing press. If anything, the printing press has cheapened language, like any mass production eventually does.
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I contest Tom. Aside from your other points, more fundamentally a printing press couldn't even exist without wheels/gears and axels to operate it.

With further thought, what about a lever?

Probably the precursor to the wheel.
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I contest Tom. Aside from your other points, more fundamentally a printing press couldn't even exist without wheels/gears and axels to operate it.

With further thought, what about a lever?

Probably the precursor to the wheel.

So the wheel trumps the printing because it begat even that. Thank you. Smile

I'd put electric guitar second. You can't have it without wheels (knobs, tuning pegs)
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I contest Tom. Aside from your other points, more fundamentally a printing press couldn't even exist without wheels/gears and axels to operate it.

With further thought, what about a lever?

Probably the precursor to the wheel.

So the wheel trumps the printing because it begat even that. Thank you. Smile

I'd put electric guitar second. You can't have it without wheels (knobs, tuning pegs)


Which brings up another invention... music

You don't need wheels to create a beat or even language for a melody.
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Ahhhh, but music is a language. It's a language of rhythm"!

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The wheel is one of six simple machines, and every mechanical device you have ever used in your entire life (including the printing press) is a combination of these six simple machines to become "compound machines". My upcoming "Super Spinner with Penny Reel Technology" DVD is a combination of all six of these machines into one simple easy to use thread device.

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