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The Greatest Invention Ever!

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posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 04:50 PM
Invention and discovery are not the same. Most of the listed "inventions" are no more than discoveries implemented from the greatest "inventor" of all...nature.

In order to invent something man made, man had to go thru a great amount of natural outside influence and then continue thinking outside the box...if we do not THINK...we do not CREATE (invent).

That said, to date, the greatest of all inventions is the Antikythera...eventually someone will remember how it works.

Until then...I will have to say toilet paper.


posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 05:04 PM
Organized Religion.

Just imagine if nations didn't have this handy device to fuel wars. Oh, one can only dreams...

posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 05:13 PM
It's the "fire". And then the Newton's laws of motion with calculus.
That's how all of the modern civilization has started.

posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 05:20 PM
Past: Irrigation.

Present: Laser eye surgery. Because after seeing Senz20's avatar of Sarah Palin I think I've GONE BLIND!!!

posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 05:32 PM
Simple; it's homo sapien*.

* invented by the Annunaki.

posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 05:35 PM
Worst invention(s)... and any other subsequent system of credit, AIDS and the avian/swine flus.

edit on 9-9-2010 by rexusdiablos because: Uber-pluralization error

posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 06:03 PM
reply to post by Jazzyguy

He said writing. Writing is not language (As we frequently see!)

I say forming a consensus view of the near universe was the greatest invention. This consensus was achieved prior to a formal language. Waving a stick was bad but tossing an apple was good.
By being able to exchange intents and goods we progressed beyond family groupings. Everyone didn't have to smell the same for us to band together for common purposes.
Point at a deer, pick up a club, point to your colleague make, motions like running, wave the club and pat your belly would get a hunting enterprise in gear.

posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 06:06 PM

Originally posted by Catesby
I would recommend the condom. I think they're great and ought to be used on every conceivable occassion.

I think carving the Thanksgiving turkey could be an exception.

posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 06:34 PM
Flouridated water...

oh, and chemtrails. mmmm Chemtrails.

edit on 9/9/10 by 35Foxtrot because: (no reason given)

posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 06:48 PM
It's the Thermos Flask !
If you put something in hot, it stays hot.
If you put something in cold it stays cold !

How does it know ???????

posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 06:50 PM

Originally posted by largo

Originally posted by Catesby
I would recommend the condom. I think they're great and ought to be used on every conceivable occassion.

I think carving the Thanksgiving turkey could be an exception.

I can't imagine why people aren't laughing their butts off to this.

I haven't literally laughed like this in a while.

Good job.

Which brings me to my next addition to the list:

The joke.

posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 06:57 PM
Of course, the WHEEL will prove to be ONE of the most important, but contrast that with the use of ELECTRICITY and the current use of MASSLESS devices (UFOs/triangles) for moving near the Earth and about anywhere else in the Universe. (See my signature.) I don't necessarily see nuclearonics as involved in any of the above.

posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 07:07 PM
While I am not a scientist or a craftsmen, I can think of probably the most coveted invention since its conception. And my favorite, as someone who has spent a few weeks at a campsite.


If it were not for plumbing we all would not be taking showers at our liesure. We would have to draw water from a well and boil the water just to wash our dishes... Not to mention the toilet.. We would all still be pissing in pots and dropping the browns off at the super.... bucket.?.?.?

So yes I am going to say the invention that I am most thankful for would be Indoor Plumbing


posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 08:18 PM
Somebody asked the same or similiar question before here; and I think I answered "soap" ... but, I have a better answer now.


Without hides or skins for clothing, our earliest ancestors would have died of exposure. Especially in the cooler periods.

posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 08:24 PM
My vote goes to the one invention that brought about so many others and continues to be the cornerstone of all scientific research today. The best invention ever was the Scientific Method.

posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 08:51 PM
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posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 11:03 PM
reply to post by tyranny22

Dear tyranny22

I am surprised to see no one else has come up with the steam engine.

This invention has transformed the planet more than any other.

posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 12:22 AM

Originally posted by triplesod

Originally posted by farben
Thinking - greatest invention was when we learned to think.
Without thinking all other inventions could not be conceived

Thinking isn't an invention, you cretin!

Sorry. I'm being a right auld curmudgeon tonight.

You are a cretin though...

You should buy a license to think to understand how wrong you are

posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 01:33 AM
Harnessible fire and livestock control. It's what allowed us to grow our brains with the protein and the puddin' pops...

posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 01:49 AM
The most important invention , discovery and widespread implementation of all time is so simple, most people miss it.

The sharp edge or point.

Why ? Because it allowed us to bring down pray much larger than goat sized pray ( which before that invention was about the largest thing we could catch and kill with our bare hands )

By creating a puncture wound, it quickly drops an animals blood pressure and it gets very weak. Quite simply without that invention we would still be living in caves, because evidence suggests it was the sudden increase in meat in out diet that caused our brains to change.

But it may have also been the worst invention of all time. Because it also allowed us to protect ourselves from our predators easily. And basically took us from our fight or flight existence, to a high end predator existence ( which all have one thing in common, sharp teeth, claws, beaks etc.... ) . Creating "over nutrition and under stimulation" in one foul swoop.

Double edged sword, literally

edit on 11/19/09 by thedeadtruth because: (no reason given)

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