Man's best discovery/invention ?

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    What do you think is man's best discovery/invention so far ?
     
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    I'll go first - The GE Genesis Diesel-Electric locomotive.

    ... and here's why:

    [​IMG]
     
  3. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Electricity. It is used for practically everything around us, short of breathing (But in some cases, also for breathing).
     
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    Technically... probably the wheel.

    Without that, pretty much nothing we have would exist.

    Sadly. Not impressive. But probably true.
     
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    Another vote for the wheel. Everything else hinges on that
     
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    Antibiotics? Coffee, possibly. Does that count as an invention?
     
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    You guys are right. Even a Boeing-747 wouldn't be able to take to the air without wheels :)
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    Sure, it does ... don't see squirrels drinking it ;)
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    Ok, I hope you don't get mad at me, but electricity was more of a discovery than an invention, because it already existed before man ;)

    But yes, that was one heck of an important discovery ! Think about the Aurora Borealis !
     
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    Wheel. The only other one that might come close is writing. Without that we would lose so of who we are.
     
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    I'm going with the ability to harness and control electricity.
     
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    Pretty sure we lost that a long time ago. Lol :D

    Interesting generation. Society has forgotten a lot of roots.
     
  11. Future-Proof macrumors regular

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    Man’s best discovery has been learning to make fire and discovering how to boil water to cook inedible resources like lentils, beans, potatoes, broccoli, etc, as well as a means of purifying dirty water and making tea
     
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    Yeah ! And, the few of us who still know of that pleasure are able to sit around a campfire with a nice glass of wine, miles from the nearest cell phone reception.
     
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    Even writing with a keyboard is still writing.
     
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    Yes and no :D
     
  15. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    Harnessing fire followed closely by the wheel and harnessing electricity

    And then a close number four is the Apple Newton
     
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    Air Conditioning and Refrigeration....

    The Toilet a close runner-up...

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    Soap and deodorant. The world is a more pleasant place for it!
     
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    Weapons for hunting, and tools for agriculture.
     
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    I'll go with the ability to harness a reliable source of power; these days, electricity, but steam also revolutionised how we lived in the 18th and 19th centuries.

    The development of sanitary systems, such as running water and proper sewerage systems (yes, that includes functioning toilets).

    The development of agriculture, cultivating and growing and harvesting crops, rather than foraging for them; this allowed for a growth in population, the development of cities, specialised work forces, and commercial wealth and trade.

    Writing; it allowed for the keeping of records, including commercial, and historical records.

    Fire: A means of warmth, and cooking food.

    More recently: Antibiotics and medical advances.

    The wheel is obvious, but advanced societies existed (especially in the Americas) that had never invented the wheel.
     
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    Steam. Yes where would we be without it? Of course we had windmills before that. I guess the agricultural advancements also saw us change from a society barely able to feed ourselves, to one that overeats!

    But without the daily struggle to find food, we were able to use our time to create things that we never would have had the time to do.
     
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    It’s a toss up between bbq (pterodactyl) and gin.
     
  22. Reverend Benny macrumors member

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    The Computer.....or hold on, that was done by a WOMAN :eek:
     
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    Language - ability to communicate and pass on information, and build a knowledge base that is cooperative and community based.
     
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    For me, it's the wheel. It would take me a lot longer to get to work without it.
     

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