What is the greatest invention ever?

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  1. Holadem

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    My first g/f asked me this some 8 years ago. All I could come up with was the Wheel.
    For her, it was writing.
    I have yet to hear anything top that.
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  2. Bhagi Katbamna

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    The plough. When Connections was on, the host said that this was the single most important invention allowing humans to leave the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Fire would be close as well.
     
  3. Andy_S

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    Some (including me) would argue that fire isn't an invention. It was tamed. Saying humans invented fire is the same as saying humans invented horses.
     
  4. Scott Van Dyke

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    Fire was not "invented" -sorry.
     
  5. Andy_S

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    This may be one of those unanswerable questions since everything is tied together. Without tools, a plough couldn't be made. So what's more important? The tools or the plough?
     
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    Sliced bread of course :p)
     
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    Ron, somehow I KNEW you'd say that! [​IMG]
    Personally, I don't think "writing" can count as an invention either, just like "fire". Even if it could, I don't see it as the greatest invention.
    Of course, you also have to define "greatest". Do we mean the one with the biggest impact on human history? Then the plough is a good one. If we mean something that "only" revolutionized our society, I'd argue that gunpowder, dynamite and nitrogen (NPR had a series about this recently) are three candidates too.
    /Mike
     
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    I would say the printing press, or in the more abstract, the division of labor system.
     
  10. Holadem

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  11. Jack Briggs

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    What Ron said--and as an accessory, pizza.
     
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    Minor, but critical, would be The Assembly Line. But I'd probably fall back on The Printing Press as it laid the groundwork for education, enlightenment, and the preservation of culture.
     
  13. Shayne Lebrun

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    From a military point of view, and therefore form a social point of view, the stirrup is usually referenced.

    I'd also say 'zero,' which eluded people as a concept for quite a while. :)
     
  14. Philip Hamm

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    Man, that's easy.
    5.1 Doly Digital / DTS sound systems and big TVs with DVD and LaserDisc Players.
    Anyone going to argue with that?
     
  15. Thik Nongyow

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    Farming. Without the concept, humans will still be living as hunters and gatherers. Let me have my opinions on what others had said:

    a) gunpowder: it revolutionized warfare and was responsible for the downfall of feudalism in Europe. The modern nation-state was formed because of the benefits of gunpowdered weapons.

    b) the printing press: it revolutionized communications, as information can be distributed much faster than writing by hand. It was responsible for the Reformation (a religious topic I will not talk about) and the the Enlightenment of the 18th century. It also encouraged literacy.

    c) fire: fire is found in nature. Humans only discovered it.
     
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    Either cooking or the use of preservatives in food.

    Fluffy Pumpkin thinks it's the laser mouse.....
     
  17. Ashley Seymour

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    Metallurgy

    The native americans got along without the wheel. Not because they were not intellectually capable of inventing one, but because it did not offer a significant advantage for the hunter gatherer lifestyle.

    Carpentry tools have to be make of metal to be effective.

    A plough has to be made of metal to offer an advantage over wood.
     
  18. Jack Briggs

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    Okay, what Philip Hamm, admin emeritus, said too--along with beer and pizza.
     
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