View Poll Results: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

Voters
103. You may not vote on this poll
  • An Invention

    22 21.36%
  • A Discovery

    75 72.82%
  • Other

    6 5.83%
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 31

Thread: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

  1. #1
    Guru
    nonpareil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Last Seen
    07-04-15 @ 10:36 AM
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    3,108

    Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    Some of you know where this is from. I'm just wondering what the general opinion out there is.

  2. #2
    Sage
    samsmart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Last Seen
    @
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    10,316
    Blog Entries
    37

    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    Fire is a discovery. The means of making fire are inventions.

  3. #3
    Guru
    nonpareil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Last Seen
    07-04-15 @ 10:36 AM
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    3,108

    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    So if early man accidentally found out that rubbing things together create heat which then results in fire, that is an invention too?

  4. #4
    Sage
    samsmart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Last Seen
    @
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    10,316
    Blog Entries
    37

    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    Quote Originally Posted by nonpareil View Post
    So if early man accidentally found out that rubbing things together create heat which then results in fire, that is an invention too?
    The fact that rubbing things together to create heat which then results in fire is a discovery. Things used to create heat which then results in fire are inventions.

  5. #5
    Goddess of Bacon

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Charlottesville, VA
    Last Seen
    05-28-12 @ 09:35 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    13,988

    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    How can something that occurs naturally be 'invented'?

  6. #6
    Dungeon Master
    Veni, vidi, dormivi!

    spud_meister's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Didjabringabeeralong
    Last Seen
    @
    Gender
    Lean
    Very Conservative
    Posts
    33,868
    Blog Entries
    8

    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    fire itself is a discovery, the means to use and control fire is an invention
    So follow me into the desert
    As desperate as you are
    Where the moon is glued to a picture of heaven
    And all the little pigs have God

  7. #7
    Banned
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Last Seen
    11-23-11 @ 10:06 PM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    3,827

    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    Once people harnessed fire, they generally kept it going. They didn't routinely start fires from rubbing sticks together or other means. Primative humans had special containers for carrying hot coals from one place to another. Women tended the home hearth and kept it going at all times. This was one of the important tasks done by wives.

    It's theorized that the first fire harness came from natural fires. The people, obviously, decided it would be useful to tame fire for warmth and other uses.

  8. #8
    Guru
    nonpareil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Last Seen
    07-04-15 @ 10:36 AM
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    3,108

    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    The fact that rubbing things together to create heat which then results in fire is a discovery. Things used to create heat which then results in fire are inventions.
    Things like matches and lighters are inventions. But for primitive people, making fire (if they even up to making it rather then just keeping it) usually consists of creating heat/spark from friction and applying it to natural fuel. None of the two - friction or natural fuel - can be said to be an invention.

  9. #9
    Dungeon Master
    Veni, vidi, dormivi!

    spud_meister's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Didjabringabeeralong
    Last Seen
    @
    Gender
    Lean
    Very Conservative
    Posts
    33,868
    Blog Entries
    8

    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    Quote Originally Posted by nonpareil View Post
    Things like matches and lighters are inventions. But for primitive people, making fire (if they even up to making it rather then just keeping it) usually consists of creating heat/spark from friction and applying it to natural fuel. None of the two - friction or natural fuel - can be said to be an invention.
    however you could argue that using the principal of friction coupled with the concept of tinder is an invention
    So follow me into the desert
    As desperate as you are
    Where the moon is glued to a picture of heaven
    And all the little pigs have God

  10. #10
    Sage
    EnigmaO01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Indiana
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 08:06 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    7,027

    Re: Is fire an invention or a discovery?

    We have a tendency to grossly underestimate early man by calling him primitive. Many recent discoveries are showing us that they were more advanced and had the same brain power we do. Just remember primitive man could survive without electricity. If we lost power most of us idiots wouldn't know how to survive or start a fire on our own. Hell we couldn't plant a crop, fish, or hunt any animal either without modern conveniences that depend on electricity to manufacture.

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •