posted on May, 28 2006 @ 09:49 AM
Is fire an invention or discovery?
I suppose someone would have had to eventually invent a way of making it portable and convenient. Flint and kindling perhaps?
1) I would have thought that fire meant that ancient man could live longer in less hospitable places that were cold.
2) It would keep some wild animals away (and attract others I suppose:lol
3) Meant that some less palatable meat and perhaps vegetables were made edible.
Cooked food, especially meat, tends to go off less quick and it kills some of the bacteria on it anyway.
4) The light from fire allowed the artificial lengthening of the working day, free time. This allowed time away from the threats of the outside world,
perhaps allowing creativity. Leading to art (oh lord what have they done?) and perhaps a closer society (within a cave for example people would have
had to live close to each other. Without the threats of nature they would not have to be "on guard" from predators and this allowed better
interaction, maybe leading to primitive language skills).
5) The possibility that other discoveries were made. "Herbal" smoke reactions and metalurgy.
Bit speculative some of this I know.