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    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    Neither,,,its a human right...

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    Talking Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    Quote Originally Posted by nonpareil View Post
    Some of you know where this is from. I'm just wondering what the general opinion out there is.
    I'll bite.

    So, where is this from?

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    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuz Life View Post
    I'll bite.

    So, where is this from?
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    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    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?
    Either of those are potentials, probably the first rather than the second.

    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.
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    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    'Fire' is a discovery. Making fire is an invention.
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    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    [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.

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    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Neither,,,its a human right...
    Uh ..... what?
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    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    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)".
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    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    Existance of fire could be considered a discovery. and the controlled use of fire an invention.
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    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    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.
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