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What innovation pushed us beyond cavemen?

Naomi Price
9/22/2011 03:16 PM EDT

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EdV1022
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EdV1022   2/6/2012 2:17:11 PM
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Watching wolves and learning how to cooperate and then domesticating dogs.

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constant314   10/17/2011 10:33:01 PM
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I have to agree that writing is the most important innovation. First, it lets you expand your own memory. I do not have the memory capacity to multiply two ten digit numbers, but I can handle it easily with pencil and paper. I can manipulate very complex algebraic expressions by using pencil and paper. I can share my manipulations across space and time. But wait a minute. Computers have memory. Computers help me calculate 10 digit numbers and manipulate complex algebraic expressions. Whoa! A computer's memory is just another kind of paper; it is like a big tablet with lots of big pages. And the processor is just a convenient device for writing and reading to the big tablet.

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Chuck.Hill   10/9/2011 4:58:53 AM
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I think it has to be beer. Without beer, there never would have been marriage.

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David Ashton   10/2/2011 12:35:50 AM
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Good point, but what about the abundance of porn? Maybe we are regressing as a race??

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Andrew B   10/1/2011 2:46:13 AM
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Money (real one, no the fiat paper kind we have now), and free market system. Money made exchange of the fruit of the labor convenient and easy. Money made division of labor, specialization and as a result huge increase in productivity possible. Division of labor made all the inventions mentioned in the poll possible. Without it those few of us alive would still be at caveman level.

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David Ashton   10/1/2011 12:50:41 AM
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Double edged sword indeed! Religion brings out either the best or the worst in people. Most religions are more about men trying to control other men than about God. And they've probably caused more wars than anything else.

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maryl19   10/1/2011 12:05:55 AM
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Interesting comments, however, I don’t think you are taking the infant mortality rate into account. Your assertions about “more healthy” may simply be a result of the fact that fewer people survived childhood and that those who would have been “less healthy” died early on, thus raising the general health levels of the rest of the population. Some societies did not even name their children until they passed a certain age and celebrated Name Days rather than Birthdays. So, perhaps you should say that you would be willing to trade some of your life-span, provided you made it out of childhood. After all, there is no guarantee you would have been one of the lucky few.

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ibm221   9/30/2011 8:42:57 AM
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It's spirit,fool. the wisdom tree. The biggest difference between ape and you is not tools, meds, languages... It's you dont walk around exposing all your stuff.

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ReneCardenas   9/30/2011 5:39:30 AM
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My vote goes for communication tools (print) that allowed knowledge to propagate from the elite to the masses, and thus allowing an exponential growth of human knowledge.

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David Ashton   9/29/2011 9:02:07 AM
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Yes, its a gem, isn't it? One of my favourites...especially with people who spend all day on the computer...

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