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OK I have a new one.

The camera
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[...Was agriculture really an invention, or just a shift in the way we gathered food?


it's the difference between nomadic life and having cities.
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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.


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?
Using that logic, music is just the adaptation of nature's beats and harmonies, so it's as much a discovery and adaptation, not invention, as anything else.

BTW I don't believe that for a second.
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Well.. we invented GOOD music
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Indoor plumbing and air conditioning should rank pretty high too
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Nope, let me poop in the woods and sleep out under the stars!
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Mathematics went away from base description and calculation by the time irrrational numbers were accepted and Plato's Republic and its allegories of the sun, divided line and cave were understood.

The camera may have been an artists tool to use light to put an image on the canvas ready to color
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Man made global warming.
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I contest. Mathematics is an invention.

When I stew upon the word itself I think an invention, whether an object or a process: like mathematics or agriculture or music, is used to create a product.

So, all these are hugely significant in our evolution, but what one thing was most influential? Why?
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The computer coupled with the Internet. Because without it we would not be having this discussion. Smile
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The computer coupled with the Internet. Because without it we would not be having this discussion. Smile



naaaa ..

the real invention here is the ability to morph any thread intent into something else.

Self-dilusion may be part of human nature, but the idea that by posting it on the Internet it becomes fact is an invention

just funnin' I am as guilty as anyone of inventing memories to suit the situation. Oops, neurobiologics say that is a natural process.

"all inventions are gifts of aliens anyway. Humans only corrupt them." or did I just make that up?
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Nope, let me poop in the woods...


Careful. That's probably how agriculture started.
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I see a difference between "influencial" and "important". While the printing press might have been one of the most important inventions, I don't see it as the most influential, i.e, it's invention led to similar inventions, or its invention influenced the design of other products.

For that, I'd have to say, that without question, the most influential invention in history was the Altair 8800 personal computer, which launched the personal computer revolution.
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Driven by its duty to use new technology to enable mankind’s potential the god of technology demands the sacrifice of old technology.
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Most of the, most influencial inventions are on Infomercials. Smile Just think about it. your hoses goes from small to big and back to small again and never tangles, your clothes come out clean no matter what stain is in them, sweepers pick up all the dirt, dust and pollen and you never sneeze again, you put a cloth of some kind on your rug and it picks up all the stains in your carpet, you put a thingy on your door and it keeps out the cold and you cut your heating bills in half...probably have to turn your air on in the winter...having said all that, television is a pretty important invention.

So my vote for most important invention that affected everyone can be seen by watching infomercials and just pick out the one that influenced you the most and there you have it. No one invention for everyone but with all those infomercials I am sure one is for you. BUT WAIT...IF YOU ORDER NOW WE INCLUDE SHIPPING AND GIVE YOU ANOTHER ONE...YES TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE PLUS FREE SHIPPING.
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What about the clock? Or Calendars?
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Calendars were essential to the development of agriculture. Clocks not so much.
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Has anybody mentioned money?
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