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Windows 7: 3 most important innovations of all time

1 Week Ago   #11
RoWin7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Fire isn't an innovation or invention because it existed already in nature. The USING OF FIRE to cook was the innovation.
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4 Days Ago   #12
Bertison

Windows 7/64 HPremium.
 
 

But the MAKING of Fire is surely an innovation?

I can make fire with two sticks, a bit of string, a small piece of hardwood, a small piece of softwood and some dry brushwood or small shavings. Did this in Army Service, it's called a bow drill: Fire - Bow Drill

The method shown is a bit OTT, the bow drill can be made with a much smaller bow. Where string is not available, a creeper plant such as Honeysuckle can be used, by plaiting longe lengths together. Mesolithic man used Honeysuckle vines to make rope.
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4 Days Ago   #13
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

The tools used to make a fire are a invention but fire is not a invention.

3 most important innovations of all time

Poking a hole in the earth and putting a seed in it is not a invention.
Creating a tool such as a plow to do the job better and quicker is inventing the plow.
Jack
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4 Days Ago   #14
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

If we are talking purely about innovation that did not exploit natural phenomena like fire, or mankind's tendency to beat the hell out of each other, I would have to say:

1. The ability to make fire - kept humans warm, cooked food, and kept dangerous wild animals away
2. Language - allowed for the dissemination and distribution of ideas and concepts
3. Agriculture - allowed permanent, larger human settlements to form and thrive

If I had to identify a fourth, I might name medicine to the list, for obvious reasons
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3 Days Ago   #15
Bertison

Windows 7/64 HPremium.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
The tools used to make a fire are a invention but fire is not a invention.

3 most important innovations of all time

Poking a hole in the earth and putting a seed in it is not a invention.
Creating a tool such as a plow to do the job better and quicker is inventing the plow.
Jack
Have to disagree, Bear! To invent something, requires thought and the use of imagination: "thinking outside the box" as it is known nowadays. The process of growing grain, began in separate locations around the world, perhaps as far back as 20,000 years ago. But those people who first realised that the wild grasses could be planted, grown and harvested, needed intelligence, thought and imagination to sow, protect and reap the crop. It needed more of those qualities to realise that the grasses could be developed into better crops, by taking the best-producing grains and replanting them. And a process of evolution began, is still happening in fact: over thousands of years, more productive crops are grown, and continue to be improved by science.

The process of creating a plough (Brit spelling!) requires the same thought and imagination, but then we discover the beginnings of Engineering! a process close to my heart, as all my male ancestors, back to 16th Century Wales, were blacksmiths. Even my dearly-missed nephew was a Blacksmith.

Here, though is a link to the 7 Greatest British Inventions. One of them had to happen, for you and I to have this electronic conversation.
7 Great British inventions that changed the world | Reader's Digest
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