Mankind's Greatest Inventions

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Fretnot
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Re: Mankind's Greatest Inventions

Post by Fretnot » Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:45 pm

Paper, giving the ability to record language and to pass clear and concise writing through time and space. Record keeping, communication, musical scores, laws....

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Re: Mankind's Greatest Inventions

Post by Rognvald » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:35 pm

Great post, Marv!

My list:
1. The pet rock
2. Silly Putty
3. Parchesi for Juniors
4. Popeil's Pocket Fisherman
5. The Snuggie

Without these marvelous inventions of Mankind, how could we truly be certain of its undeniable stupidity? Playing again . . . Rognvald
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra

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Hotsoup
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Re: Mankind's Greatest Inventions

Post by Hotsoup » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:47 pm

Indoor plumbing/running water
Emergency rooms/medicine (immunizations!)
Flight
School
comfy blue jeans

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Amy Gaudia
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Re: Mankind's Greatest Inventions

Post by Amy Gaudia » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:53 pm

wheel
glass
velcro
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2016 Pono ULN-30 (nylon string Terz guitar)
2019 Marcus Dominelli custom small body
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Re: Mankind's Greatest Inventions

Post by mcote » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:18 am

The electric battery should be somewhere on the list.

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Re: Mankind's Greatest Inventions

Post by Yisrael van Handel » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:50 pm

The first great technical revolution was the invention of the cooking pot, which allowed us to eat a much greater variety of foods with much less effort. Without it, there would be no civilization (ah, maybe it wasn't such a great invention after all).
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Re: Mankind's Greatest Inventions

Post by marvluse » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:55 pm

After thinking upon this further, I think the flush toilet should be added to the list. :lol:

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Re: Mankind's Greatest Inventions

Post by Smith » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:32 am

1. The wheel
2. Public libraries
3. Swimming pools
4. Air conditioning
5. Marshall Amplifiers

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Re: Mankind's Greatest Inventions

Post by Wuuthrad » Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:33 am

Qualitatively Great (beneficial):

1) Musical instruments, especially of the plucked variety!

2) Song and Dance

3) Art and Poetry

4) Medicine

Quantitatively Great (not necessarily beneficial):

5) The Combustible Engine

Special shout out to the Geniuses who thought up the idea of splitting the Atom! Yikes...
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Abd El Ghani AZZI
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Re: Mankind's Greatest Inventions

Post by Abd El Ghani AZZI » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:35 pm

Language (all aspects)
Simple machines.
Maths.
Chemistry.

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Re: Mankind's Greatest Inventions

Post by chiral3 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:14 pm

Abd El Ghani AZZI wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:35 pm
Language (all aspects)
Simple machines.
Maths.
Chemistry.
While this thread is obviously subjective to each, I'd have to disagree with the assertion that math is manmade. I've encountered too many objects, structures, and symmetries connecting far too many seemingly unrelated things that were there, just waiting to be discovered, with or without man's help. I wish everyone could see these things but the price for admission is rather high for most. :D
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Re: Mankind's Greatest Inventions

Post by ddray » Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:53 am

chiral3 wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:14 pm
Abd El Ghani AZZI wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:35 pm
Language (all aspects)
Simple machines.
Maths.
Chemistry.
While this thread is obviously subjective to each, I'd have to disagree with the assertion that math is manmade. I've encountered too many objects, structures, and symmetries connecting far too many seemingly unrelated things that were there, just waiting to be discovered, with or without man's help. I wish everyone could see these things but the price for admission is rather high for most. :D
I'd say the same thing about music. I believe Bach would tell you that he was a discoverer, not an inventor. I think Stravinsky might have said something along those lines too.

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Re: Mankind's Greatest Inventions

Post by guitareleven » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:45 pm

There was a time when, along with the evolution of the opposable thumb, the development of language, the discovery of the usages of fire, the innovation of the wheel, and the emergence of agriculture, I would have placed on equal footing the invention of--- the tape splicing block. By which I guess I date myself. Eras come and go.

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Re: Mankind's Greatest Inventions

Post by Mollbarre » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:09 pm

I agree with many of the choices offered...but my favourites would be different than the most important..

1. Antibiotics
2. Glass (good one!)
3. Flight
4. Writing
5. An orchestral performance - in its entirety!

Just think about it:

- someone had to invent the instrument
- someone had to make the instrument
- someone had to spend years learning the instrument
- someone had to write music, for a kazillion instruments to play, all at the same time
- someone had to conduct the music
- someone had to get 50 odd individuals to all agree to meet at the same time, for rehearsals and performances :mrgreen:
- someone had to build a venue large enough
- someone had to promote the concert...

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Re: Mankind's Greatest Inventions

Post by SteveL123 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:14 pm

Has anyone mentioned anesthesia? Imagine tooth extraction or open heart surgery w/o it!

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