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Old 10-21-2008, 12:02 PM
 
Location: West Texas
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I'll throw my hat in with fire.

Cooked foods to prevent deaths from undercooked foods, ability to carterize (sp?) wounds with it, and keep warm in a time before clothes, electricity, even houses. Without fire, would there be a chance we wouldn't have survived as a race?
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Yootó
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I'll throw my hat in with fire.

Cooked foods to prevent deaths from undercooked foods, ability to carterize (sp?) wounds with it, and keep warm in a time before clothes, electricity, even houses. Without fire, would there be a chance we wouldn't have survived as a race?
I guess you are saying "learning to make fire" rather than fire, because fire was probably "invented" after some lightning hit a piece of wood, and some caveman started playing around with it. I think of inventions more as ideas that are put into action. I doubt anyone had the idea of fire, it is more of an accident that someone capitalized upon.
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:19 PM
 
Location: vagabond
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I guess you are saying "learning to make fire" rather than fire, because fire was probably "invented" after some lightning hit a piece of wood, and some caveman started playing around with it. I think of inventions more as ideas that are put into action. I doubt anyone had the idea of fire, it is more of an accident that someone capitalized upon.
i bet that you'd find that a good number of our great discoveries were accidentally discovered. such as wheaties! yeah, i love my wheaties, though i am still more partial to language as far as cataclysmic discoveries are concerned.
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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tools?
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:32 PM
 
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The printing press
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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condom

it has saved us from even more unwanted....us

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Old 12-07-2012, 11:25 PM
 
Location: UK
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I Think the most important discovery or invention so far is the discovery of fire and wheel. Though that happened by chance by our ancestors but its surely a major discovery in man's life.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:42 PM
 
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Why is bread so underrated? Really early in our existence as civilization, we figured out how to make all of these random things (water, grains, yeast) and make them into basic bits and recombine them in a complex chemical reaction to free us from having to eat animals constantly. It's not a vegetarian argument, just a practical one. What's amazing is that the closest thing to bread that we've been able to create since has been the chicken nugget and only one group of people seems to have figured that out so far (McDonalds).
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:28 AM
 
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The printing press.

And gunpowder.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:25 AM
 
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invention vs discovery, people
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