What is the greatest invention of all time and why is it the Internet?
>being able to communicate internationally, instantaneously
>vast stores of knowledge, in some cases replicated globally to prevent loss
>accessible by nearly every person
Internet Protocol is easily the greatest invention ever known to mankind. We haven't even truly adapted to it yet either.
Electricity is also up there.
Greeks, kinda. The idea of the republic is far more important than the idea of democracy.
For that, you can trace it to renaissance and enlightenment thinkers.
Obviously democracy is a failure, just as much as most other forms of gov't. Republicanism is the way to go.
TO DISCOVER SOMETHING IS TO BRING SOMETHING THAT IS IN A LATENT CONDITION TO ACTUALITY, TO INVENT SOMETHING IS TO CREATE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FROM SOMETHING ALREADY ACTUAL.
AGRICULTURE IS AN INVENTION, NOT A DISCOVERY; A METHOD; A TECHNIQUE; THERE WAS NO AGRICULTURE IN A LATENT CONDITION WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED AND IMPLEMENTED.
Top ten because they are all so fucking great and their impact was so widespread
>the written word (should be obvi)
>wheel (transport becomes a breeze)
>the plow (farming is actually useful now)
>domestication (animals are no longer enemies, they can be tools)
>the ship (transportation and exploration)
>smelting process (funny little rocks become tools)
>astronomy (you can now make heads and tails of the cyclic nature of the planet)
>printing press (knowledge is now available to nearly everyone)
>the saddle (makes the horse a weapon of war and personal transportation)
>the firearm (allowed for the democratization of the world)
Aqueducts and electricity yes.
simply because it is such a necessary invention for human beings to have anything resembling a modern state.
We as human beings have existed and done quite well without harnessing electricity past the novel hobbyist stage of the 1700s.
Aqueducts? probably could argue for that, but in terms of human impact?
Those who could ride horses when others could not (Indo-European barbarians in Ganges river valley, the Conquistadors, the colonial powers in Sub-Saharan Africa) or just simply do it better than their victims (Mongols, Huns, Sioux, Parthians etc) have survived better, and impacted world development in ways that boggle the mind.
my point was people can and did ride horses without saddles. saddles were more of a luxury when compared to say, the radio or the ability to move water over large tracts of land reliably.
The best, most influential invention was the spinning jenny. When aliens visit us, we should present one to display our technological prowess.
The internet stripped down is just a bunch of inconsequential people with too much time discussing inane stuff and circulating the stupidity. It is the key difference between the future people of the 80s and early 90s envisioned and what actually happened.
If you have a good filter, it may be be used as a research tool, but a relatively shitty one compared to a library at any university worth a shit.
I would say that the best invention was the one that kept us around for hundreds of thousands of years before civilization
I would have said basic tools but it has been said we used rock hammers out of instinct like birds make nests.
So probably fire