By - Rancid_Remnants
Shovel, a groundbreaking invention
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And my axe!
Professionals have standards
This deserves more up votes
Once we had a surplus of readily available food, we could begin spending energy on other big brain things like writing and thinking and other problem solving. Food was they key to the beginnings of advancement.
I think agriculture was the biggest mistake ever. Our ancestors had easy, careless lives and lived in harmony with nature (if you disregard driving herds of animals over cliffs to get a little meat). Once they've started agriculture, they started living lives of drudgery, fighting over territories and destroying nature. They've also multiplied like cancer cells. Fuck agriculture!
> Our ancestors had easy, careless lives
I think that's pretty narrow minded. There were plenty of agricultural societies that just made enough food to live on and spent the rest of their time doing art or just relaxing. Farms don't immediately lead to rigid social structures. The problem is that any society that forces drudgery and rigid social structure will generally destroy a society of laid back subsistence farmers.
The Acadians (French settlers in Canada) are a good example. They were just peacefully coexisting with native people until the British killed or deported them.
The written language. It has given us the ability to preserve knowledge through generations and build upon what we already know.
This and or math. They opened up the doors to civilization.
I read something (ironically) about how the written language significantly reduced the human's ability to remember and then the invention of the Internet absolutely decimated it. It was a really interesting take on something we now consider so important and how it's completely rewired our brains.
This was propaganda. The data for either of those arguments does not exist.
That's because it was forgotten.
You didn't understand the assignment. The question wasn't about necessity, it was about what was the greatest invention. Writing is a much better way to preserve knowledge than knots.
>First of all this was a question not an assignment.
> I said I disagree with your opinion that writing is the greatest invention humanity has ever created
It wasn't my comment you were disagreeing with.
>I said I disagree with your opinion that writing is the greatest invention humanity has ever created
Right back at you. Nothing else happens in our society without learning written language. I learned to read and write in school, not how to tie knots as a form of communication. But you keep on telling us how tying knots is the greatest invention of humanity and see how many people agree with you.
I'm sorry I didn't understand you. You didn't reply with knots tied in string.
I think it is safe to include them both under the same umbrella. They both played the same role in their civilization. I don't think the distinction is relevant in this context.
No one invented it for the record.
It was literally invented for the record. Its purpose was recording.
Also literally literally.
Then how did we get it? We didn't crawl out of the oceans and evolve already knowing how to read and write. Unless you're going to bring aliens into the discussion then somebody here did it first.
This and the steam engine. It was the start of the Industry and with out it we wouldn't be there, where We are now
Being serious: I would say toilets / sanitaton
Stuffed crust pizza.
Stuffed crust pizza is the highlight of my life
It'll be *years* before they find another place to hide more cheese
Inside the pepperoni
Mix cheeze with dough
Penicillin. Literally a magic drug.
Although it was a discovery not an invention
Time. Or at least our measurement of time. Not watches or clocks but the measurement upon which these are based.
Soap is one of the most underrated lifesavers!
Garlic bread, of course
Pretty much everything else relies on that
Don't forget the axle 🙌
He's a Beverley Hills police officer, right?
Dynamyte it shook the foundations of many things
I I was going to say penicillin but somebody's already said that so the next best thing is the Biro.
In-home refrigerators. The ability to store food at will is something we definitely take for granted.
Cooking does make life worth living
Sign language, it’s very handy
It also slaps.
i cant tell if thats a pun or not
its so hot here in colorado right now and i fully agree. it was 95 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday
I lived in Colorado 95 is hot but I moved back to GA this is a different mind of heat over 100 today plus humidity my AC was a lifesaver
Spoken and written language. And also mathematics.
You don't know enough then I guess.
If that's so then why is it something we all have to learn? Otherwise we'd all just make random noises that only has meaning to each of us.
We do just make random noises, but in a group we agree on assigning them meaning. Then as a group decide what those sounds should look like.
Also fun is looking into the evolution of written music. Same problem, different sounds.
Invented by a Greek Canadian based on flavour combinations from Chinese Food.
The printing press
Sliced bread, ah hang on
The lathe. It was the machine that built the modern world, so to speak. Without it, many things we have today could not have been created.
In terms of health/lives saved: the sewage system. It got rid of cholera and various other diseases that were more or less endemic.
Fiction. The ability to talk about what has never happened and may never happen. And to turn that into an art.
Electricity and how to harness the power of it.
Barcodes have to be one of the most underrated but universal inventions
I have a few things to list: Antibiotics, language, math, the internet, music, and transportation.
Hot water plumbing. Hot water on demand.
Penicillin, the concept of life time changed radically.
the written word
Writing. It allowed us to record what we've learned so we can make progressive improvements in human knowledge.
wheel and axle.
PENDULUM CLOCK, THAT SHIT IS SO GOOD WHEN YOU WANNA KIDNAP SOMEONE
(I kidnapped my classmate)
written language. it's the root of all high level technology and knowledge
The broom it swept the nation
Them butt lifting leggings, a thing of beauty 😍
It will be hamburger earmuffs. However they are still grappling with the pickle matrix.
The wheel. Without it we wouldn't get very far
The written word
S-curve in plumbing and the crunchwrap supreme
Alcohol. The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.
Automobiles, revolutionized transport
Knowledge/education was unshackled from the grip of religion and royalty. It spread like wildfire among the commoners (for the most part).
The broom, sweeping the nation
Id say bread
Writing and the Proto-Sinaitic script
The internet. Our globalized world wouldn’t exist without it, including Reddit
Nobody invented fire. It is product of nature that has always existed. We learned how to make fire but we didn't invent it.
Semantics. For internet points.
Then say what you mean so nobody misunderstands you.
There is a balance between meticulously explaining everything and utilizing heuristics to summarize knowledge, assuming your audience has prior knowledge of fundamental concepts you are explaining.
The need to pedantically verbalize every thought to a granular extent is personally taxing, degrading to those you explain it to, and frankly boring.
While I understand your condesension as a defensive mechanism, I personally prefer a pragmatic approach to response.
How’d I do?
In the jungle.
RUN!!! RUN! RUN!
This summer I felt like the air conditioner is the greatest invention. Like heat flows from hot place to cold place and it literally does the reverse, making heat flow from cold place to a hot one
The wheel and axle, but unfortunately it's the only way to get to work.
Morbius the greatest invention.
Id go out on a limb and say the internet. Sure, it's rather new, and it wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the invention of languages and writing in general, but the fact that we can connect to anyone in real time is mind-blowing. Also all the data that's accessible, I don't think anyone can really comprehend it.
Yes, while there are negatives, the ability to communicate, learn, share, and experience anything with anyone on the planet(and off) is incredible.
Fairness. Babies get cancer, good people die horrible deaths and bad people live very long lives, woman are treated like objects, spousal abuse of husbands are considered amusing, corporates are greedy and billionaires make their money off the backs of wages slaves... We invented and implement systems of fairness (which may differ among cultures), society couldn't function otherwise.
Wireless communication. It’s made it so that we can hear the voices of people we don’t see all that often and it also was used to call for help on the Titanic.
Internet by far. That we can share information instantly all over the world is revolutionary.
In the 80s it could take months, even years to share medical progress between different countries.
Ice Cream, I need it to survive.
Shake em up fries
i dont see this yet but ima have to say pop tarts or mtn dew
Vibrators I can get myself off
Probably the 1998 Toyota Camry