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Greatest invention in history?

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posted on May, 13 2005 @ 07:23 AM
I think that knifes (swords, hunting knifes, flint,) is the most significant invention that man has ever made. With out knives our development toward civilization would have been impossible. Knives served as weapons, carving tools, building tools, cleaning tools etc.

posted on May, 15 2005 @ 01:53 AM
I would say the greatest invention would be fire even though we didnt really invent it but with out it i doubt that human species would be alive right now.

posted on May, 15 2005 @ 03:06 PM
Howabout the printing press? The Rennaissance woould have died in Italy within a year if it weren't for the rapid spread of ideas. Many important ideas and beliefs were suddenly made available to the average man. Greatest invention without a doubt.

posted on Feb, 22 2006 @ 07:32 PM

posted on Feb, 22 2006 @ 08:15 PM
When was the last time you had to think about where to put your poo? We don't have garbage mountains (well, most of us don't) in our back yards. Without these inventions, you wouldn't be able to light a fire, write a letter, build a nuke or eat ramen noodles because YOU"D BE DEAD from a rat bite, dirty water, sepsis etc.

That, and ginger beer, YUM, YUM !!

posted on Feb, 22 2006 @ 09:49 PM
On second thought, I will change my selection to the stick. When the predecessors of mankind picked up sicks 9 10 do it again, it set their hands free from the ground or the branch of a tree and they began to walk upright. There should be a stick in every museum.

posted on Feb, 23 2006 @ 12:20 PM
Air conditioning. The opposite of fire, which is a natural occurance. Allows us to be productive and comfortable in parts of the world where we used to not be able to do anything but lounge around in the heat.

posted on Feb, 23 2006 @ 12:29 PM
The Greatest Invention ever was - will/be the Lie Detector.

It will give Humanity a chance to save itself from itself.

posted on Feb, 23 2006 @ 12:58 PM
You guys obviously missed this piece of news:

Bicycle chosen as best invention

The humble bicycle has won a UK national survey of people's favourite inventions.

Listeners to BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme were invited to vote in an online poll looking at the most significant innovations since 1800.

It was an easy victory for the bicycle which won more than half of the vote.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Who'd have thought? The bicycle.

The rest of the list:


  • Bicycle - 59%
  • Transistor - 8%
  • Electro-magnetic induction ring - 8%
  • Computer - 6%
  • Germ theory of infection - 5%
  • Radio - 5%
  • Internet - 4%
  • Internal combustion engine - 3%
  • Nuclear power - 1%
  • Communications satellite - 1%

[edit on 23-2-2006 by Beachcoma]

posted on Feb, 23 2006 @ 01:20 PM
I would say refrigeration. It allows us to transport fresh food very long distances, keep food fresh by keeping it cold / freezing it. It keeps serums and medications fresh and extends their shelf life.

posted on Jun, 9 2006 @ 05:05 AM
With great thought i would have to say the invention of god into the human cultures is the greaatest invention. God inspires people and gives people a hope, and reason, and is more powerful then anything.

posted on Jun, 9 2006 @ 06:55 AM
The Pen or pencil

So that all other things can be recorded

posted on Jun, 9 2006 @ 07:35 AM
Some Inventions i think qualify

The Steam Engine (getting stuff across long distances became so much easier)

The Lightbulb

The Horse Collar (made farming 100% easier)


the internet

the microchip

the microwave


the camara

(interesting fact i think im right in saying that porn was invented the same day as the camara as the guy with the first cam took a photo of this chick naked to test it out)

Football (Soccer for you americans, otherwise us english wouldnt have nething to talk about)

the pen

the pencil

the Shoe (come on id hate to be barefoot all my life)

internal combustion engine


things invented now/recently

Solar Power
air con

things i personly thank the lord were invented

Ice Cream

Nintento Entertaimnent System

canned food

the refrigerator

posted on Jun, 9 2006 @ 07:54 AM
In a bizarre way our mind?! I mean we invent new ideas/ knowledge through learning more on a particular subject. The more we learn the more we invent opinions which have been soley created on that knowledge and has been invented I guess by yourself. I know it seems abit warped but I know what I mean.. honest!

posted on Jun, 9 2006 @ 08:20 AM
my choise:


posted on Jun, 9 2006 @ 12:11 PM
I would say wheels

[edit on 9-6-2006 by netscape]

posted on Jun, 9 2006 @ 12:18 PM
I think that mastering fire had so many ramifications for all sorts of technologies, it alone defined the fate of mankind for like a million years. Nuclear technology is great, but incremental when compared with fire. Remember, we stilll measure the power of nukes in tons of TNT

Fire produced the following:
a) heat in cold season, hence survival in areas that were unsuitable to habitation before (a real breakthrough)
b) ways to cook food which was before inedible
c) means to create new materials -- ceramics, for example, and later metals -- can't be oversestimated -- crucial.
d) source of light which effectively extended the waking hours.

There is nothing that compares to this invention in breadth in usefulness

posted on Jun, 9 2006 @ 01:22 PM
The Spork because its a spoon and a fork.

Its amazing!

posted on Jun, 19 2006 @ 06:13 AM
Supposedly, when Thoth showed his new invention, written language, to the Pharoah, his reaction was not what he had hoped. He was distraught, and felt that this new invention would end up being the end of us all, by allowing the untrained lay person to find out powerful information which he would not have been trained to use safely, and would use wrongly, and cause harm by doing so.
So, instead, my choice is kindness.
Whoever invented kindness gave the world a priceless gift, more precious than any tool or device.

posted on Jun, 19 2006 @ 11:10 AM

Originally posted by BlackGuardXIII
So, instead, my choice is kindness.
Whoever invented kindness gave the world a priceless gift, more precious than any tool or device.

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.

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