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Greatest invention in history?

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posted on Jun, 30 2006 @ 02:30 AM

Originally posted by Aelita If you must deviate into philosophical and abstract, then I should insist that the greatest invention was sex. After all, it allows us to procreate and therefor survice as species. Can't beat that.

I disagree, sex can be fun, and clearly needed for sexual organisms to survive, but even if it is considered an invention, it is way down my list. It was not a human invention at any rate. I would put the condom, diaphragm, and birth control pill higher on my list. They may be key factors in our future existence as a species. Don't get me wrong, I am firmly pro-sex, and devoutly practice what I preach, but, it can also be the agent of our demise.
The answering machine is a contender, letting us all avoid all those annoying calls we would otherwise have had to answer.

posted on Jun, 30 2006 @ 06:33 AM
glue cuz without it everything would fall apart

posted on Jun, 30 2006 @ 06:59 AM
I still stick by my prior post (like 6-8 months ago), agreeing that the written word and mathematics are the most important inventions of all time.

Beyond those, I'd have to say (as previously posted) the wheel and electronics.

If I had to go further beyond that to get a little more "21st century minded", I'd probably have to go with computers, as they're behind just about every thing that we rely on these days - power, water, engineering, our jobs (personnel management, if nothing else), nightclubs, bars (ever seen one of those computerized bars, where a bartender just punches in a drink, and the automated bar just pours it?), entertainment (and far more than just web porn and ATS - computers are heavy in films, music, etc).

If computers ceased to exist, so would modern society.

posted on Jul, 1 2006 @ 03:30 PM

pharmacueticals are always ignored on these lists.

antibiotics, pain killers, itch creams, etc etc

and what about anesthesia ? try to get open heart surgery without it !

posted on Jul, 1 2006 @ 03:56 PM
I think that spaceships are the best invention ever. Yes they are real, i have one in my room

posted on Oct, 6 2007 @ 07:35 PM
I was going to say…

I simply cannot believe you lot have ignored one of if not the most important inventions of all time… penicillin!

What good are printers, money, pens and all the other inventions if you don’t have health?

You lot never fail to amaze me!

posted on Oct, 7 2007 @ 05:39 PM
The greatest, ever, ever invention has to be the "Snooze" button on a digital alarm clock.

Makes for great dreams.

Also the worst invention depending on how you see it!

posted on Oct, 8 2007 @ 03:06 AM
Another vote for the word

reply to post by iceofspades
I agree. The invention of language preceded and gave birth to all other inventions, to all of human culture. It wasn't invented in one brilliant flash by a single genius, though. Many people -- everyone who was alive at the time, in fact -- participated in a process that probably took many generations. The rest -- members of the same species who never acquired language -- died out. Possibly our ancestors ate them.

Many on this thread claim mathematics as Top Invention. Mathematics is really an elaborate, highly specialized type of language.

A few other great inventions that may not have been mentioned yet:

  • the concept of time to come; the future
  • the concept of the individual in society
  • property rights
  • the marriage tie

Money was mentioned earlier, but somehow no-one seemed to grasp the full weight of this suggestion, not even the anti-money enthusiast who amusingly nominated 'the barter system' instead. Money is elegant, protean, ever-unfolding in its limitless ramifications; it is to barter as the wheel is to the roller.

posted on Oct, 8 2007 @ 03:08 AM
I'd say the semiconductor that made computers possible. Like nano tech, probably reverse engineered.

posted on Oct, 8 2007 @ 09:32 PM

Still can't believe there are music from "thin air"...

posted on Oct, 8 2007 @ 09:40 PM
One vote here for the printing press. The day books finally ended up in the hands of the common man was a turning point in our history.

posted on Oct, 8 2007 @ 10:02 PM

Oh, and pubs to drink them in.

posted on Oct, 12 2007 @ 04:38 PM

posted on Oct, 12 2007 @ 04:57 PM
The Wheel first

Then Electricity

Personly i think the computer mouse is a great and understated modern invetion ....its genius yet so simple and at the click of its buttons millions are made and lost,wars are won or lost infact you could go to far as to say that the future of humankind lies in the hands of people holding a mouse

it really is great invention

posted on Oct, 16 2007 @ 11:01 PM
My top 5..
1. Toilet Paper (seriously)
2. The light bulb
3. Personal Computers
4. Condoms
5. The Guitar

I use every invention at least once a day! sometimes 4 or 5!!!!

posted on Oct, 16 2007 @ 11:06 PM

Originally posted by wang
My two cents in this would be simply world communication, or as we may call it the "internet" This has created a link of communication between the whole world, letting people gather information from all different sources. The more information is spread, the better the inventions will get as ideas will be able to be influenced by many people. So the greatest invention is the invention that creates more inventions.

I was going to say the internet as well, with the internet, we are able to share our ideas with everyone

posted on Oct, 17 2007 @ 12:57 AM

Originally posted by crisko
You are all wrong,

The written word is the greatest invention ever.

If we didn't have it, we wouldnt be here along with most of the items mentioned above.

[edit on 26-1-2005 by crisko]

Actually the written word brought a change in the human mind, the very sphere of connections of the ganglia. While oral stories of many words including emotional depth were recited verbatim, the introduction of the written word made people forgetful. Much more the human mind duplicated these stories including the Iliad and the Odyssey, while the written word included the possibility of less accurate copies of copies handed down through generations.

So while there is not much argument with the printed word as being as good as the printing press, the written word was actually part of a "dumbing down process." There was another side to the continuum of history when the written word became dominant, and the old oral cultures were lost. People changed as stated above, and actually lost certain brain connections, while gaining other kinds of connections. So my argument is that the written word is therefore a mixed bag, as to being all together so great an invention. It may have removed an important part of our basic humanity.

posted on Oct, 21 2007 @ 01:48 PM
If this has already been mentioned, please forgive me, but I'd like to repeat what I heard from a teacher of mine on the subject:

The calendar.

Without it, we would not have invented agriculture, which led to our modern-day lifestyle. We wouldn't be considering this question at all, for instance...

I disagree with the poster who argued for sex. Reproduction is not an invention, nor can it be considered such. It's an animal instinct to pass on our genes, and although it allowed for the continuation of humankind, it wasn't "invented" by anyone. Unless you count simple organisms (such as insects) as humans, which is a whole different barrel of monkeys.

posted on Oct, 24 2007 @ 07:45 PM
steel... we build everything out of it

posted on Jul, 11 2008 @ 01:03 AM
I would vote for concrete. Without cities and some of the greatest engineering projects ever never would have been possible, such as the Hoover Dam.

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