Neither,,,its a human right...
Neither,,,its a human right...
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"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
Either of those are potentials, probably the first rather than the second.How? Did early man discover friction and were applying it to something else, and then one day a thought occur: why rubbing stones together cause them to be hotter, if I put some dry brush to them it might catches fire, let's try and see. Or did they come across it accidentally?
It's patently obvious that fire is hot and comes out of wood. Indeed, early chemists reasoned that wood contained a substance called 'philostogen', which was released in the form of flames when the wood got hot enough. It would make sense that to try and create fire, you would try and mimic it's effects - wood, and hotness. All you need is a way to get the wood hot enough, which might of taken a bit of thought.
EDIT: Yes, I'm making all of this up as I go along (philostogen notwithstanding). It's possible, though - and I doubt anyone will ever find out the exact origins.
Last edited by iangb; 03-14-10 at 10:00 AM.
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'Fire' is a discovery. Making fire is an invention.
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[QUOTE=nonpareil;1058611804]So if early man accidentally found out that rubbing things together create heat which then results in fire >>
You also have to have early man's children watch him do it. So it could be carried on to the next generations.
It probably started when he idly banged a flint stone on a rock over dry leaves or twigs. When he saw that the smoke caused his kids to cough and tried to stamp it out with his bare feet, he and his kids discovered that fire burned. Later on when he banged them together again, the flint stone shattered, left a sharp edge, his kids discovered that the sharp edge cut their dad's finger, and the first tool was born.
IMO. All tools and weapons were accidentally discovered by curiousity and accident back then because there was nothing to learn from.
I'll agree with some other posters here, and say:
"Fire is a discovery. Creating fire is an invention (think of all the ways that exist to create fire)".
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Existance of fire could be considered a discovery. and the controlled use of fire an invention.
An Enlightened Master is ideal only if your goal is to become a Benighted Slave. -- Robert Anton Wilson
It was an invention, but none of you bastards ever thank me for it. I also invented dirt.
I still get pissed when I think of Prometheus stealing it from me, BTW.
Last edited by Tucker Case; 03-15-10 at 05:10 PM.
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