What is the greatest invention of all time?

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So aquaducts, that is a good one if ideas count as inventions I would say agriculture.

But waponry is really valuble, being that man has no adaptation to defend himself.
Rome was built on the availability of water.

Agriculture evolved from the hunter/gathers. The real improvement came with crop rotation. I believe the Dutch did that.

"Man" has an ingrained/natural ability for self defence.
 

clax

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All are interesting but without the delivery of fresh water to farms and homes there would be no great societies and cultures.
Rome was built on the availability of water.

Agriculture evolved from the hunter/gathers. The real improvement came with crop rotation. I believe the Dutch did that.

"Man" has an ingrained/natural ability for self defence.
But without claws, teeth and so on we have to invent weaponry, i.e. bow and arrow, means you can kill animals larger and faster than you.

But aquaducts are very important,
 
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But without claws, teeth and so on we have to invent weaponry, i.e. bow and arrow, means you can kill animals larger and faster than you.

But aquaducts are very important,
Well I take comfort in the knowledge that we're not the only animals that use weapons, a group of 'civilized' Chimps use spears (and take baths, sleep in caves and eat meat instead of fruit).
 

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Well I take comfort in the knowledge that we're not the only animals that use weapons, a group of 'civilized' Chimps use spears (and take baths, sleep in caves and eat meat instead of fruit).
I misused that word, really it should be referred as a tool. I have seen monkeys smash open palm nuts with a rock, that is a simple an invention as it gets but it is the use of an object to reach a goal, other creatures do that, otters, crows, not sure about others but I imagine there are plenty more.
 
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I misused that word, really it should be referred as a tool. I have seen monkeys smash open palm nuts with a rock, that is a simple an invention as it gets but it is the use of an object to reach a goal, other creatures do that, otters, crows, not sure about others but I imagine there are plenty more.
Ya, well a spear is a bit more advanced then smashing something with a rock. :p
 
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s chimp is more advanced than a monkey so...
Ya but 'caveman' Chimps is a major leap. Not quite stone age yet but all their advancements can be traced back to only 2 generations. From normal Chimps to spear hunting, bath taking cave dwellers in a single lifetime is pretty rapid advancement. Makes a person wonder if it's natural or if Humans are teaching them.
 

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Ya but 'caveman' Chimps is a major leap. Not quite stone age yet but all their advancements can be traced back to only 2 generations. From normal Chimps to spear hunting, bath taking cave dwellers in a single lifetime is pretty rapid advancement. Makes a person wonder if it's natural or if Humans are teaching them.
Humans teaching them would be natural. We are just as animal as chimps are.
 
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Humans teaching them would be natural. We are just as animal as chimps are.
True but it wouldn't be a natural social evolution, there would be intervention. There is no evidence of this obviously, I'm just saying I wouldn't be surprised if these scientists were manufacturing results considering how fast they've evolved.
 

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True but it wouldn't be a natural social evolution, there would be intervention. There is no evidence of this obviously, I'm just saying I wouldn't be surprised if these scientists were manufacturing results considering how fast they've evolved.
Interesting.
 

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Language is an interesting one. We don't quite know if many invented it or if it is innate yet.
Certainly communication is a necessary trait for any society, of whatever species. Developing a complex language is a bit further ahead - I wonder if a spoken language would have been absolutely necessary, but it is certainly an important factor in human development.

Yet, where are the Aztecs today? You were saying???
Really that's like suggesting Saddam Hussein lost both Gulf Wars because Iraqis didn't own as many rubber bands per capita.
 

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