Mankind's Greatest Achievement

Discussion in 'World History' started by megalomaniac, Jul 4, 2006.

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What is humanity's greatest achievement

  1. The Pyramids

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    2.4%
  2. The Moon Landing

    14 vote(s)
    33.3%
  3. Nukes

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    7.1%
  4. The Internet (or any part of it)

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    19.0%
  5. The Great Wall of China

    1 vote(s)
    2.4%
  6. Other(Please specify below)

    15 vote(s)
    35.7%
  1. megalomaniac

    megalomaniac Push the red button!!

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    This question has been bugging me all day. Please provide your input before my head explodes.

    IMO it's google.com. Seriously, you can find anything there. I hope that in a thousand years, people think ot as a wonder of the world.
     
  2. AxiomUk

    AxiomUk Warlord

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    Mankind's greatest achievement is simply existance. They've adapted the world to suit their needs, which is truly more significant than anything else.

    I see it as this - out of all the possible inventions, which of them really matters in the long run? Electricity could be said as more important than the internet, but so could fire. It's this thought that makes me feel their existence is the real greatest achievement, everything over the history of humanity is their greatest achievement.
     
  3. Heretic_Cata

    Heretic_Cata We're gonna live forever

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    Fire good.
     
  4. Stylesjl

    Stylesjl SOS Brigade Member

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    Electricity, almost all modern inventions followed
     
  5. Mirc

    Mirc Not mIRC!!!

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    Agreed! Quoted for truth.
     
  6. Eran of Arcadia

    Eran of Arcadia Stormin' Mormon Retired Moderator

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    The Pyramids and the Great Wall are just large-scale construction projects, there are many like them. The Manhattan and Apollo Projects are just large-scale research projects, there are others like them I voted the internet but in retrospect I don't think that is right. Our greatest achievement, and one we sometimes have trouble getting right, is the ability to treat complete strangers, from other groups or bands, as human just like us. Other animals will usually treat competing bands as enemies or at least competitors. We certainly have had problems with this, but on the other hand sometimes we have really been able to show a common humanity.
     
  7. Cuchullain

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    I don't think we should overlook the importance of antibiotics. How many formerly life threatening diseases are now under control because of them?
     
  8. Kafka2

    Kafka2 Whale-raping abomination

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    Agriculture. All civilisation started there.
     
  9. Che Guava

    Che Guava The Juicy Revolutionary

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    Much as i hate to give America credit for it, I gotta go with the moon landing. ;)

    A step like going to the moon transcends humanity as a whole and marks an achievement in life on this planet: we are the first residents of earth able to actually leave home (well, besides the odd bacterium....).
     
  10. Evil Tyrant

    Evil Tyrant Eccentric Dictator

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    I think it is writing. Writing allowed mankind to grow beyond simple peasant villages. It allowed the organization of states and civilizations. Most importantly it allowed one generation to look at all the mistakes and achievements of their predecessors. The discovery of electricity is all fine and good, but if only one person knows about it, it is of little use to anyone.
     
  11. Pokurcz

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    The can opener. :)
     
  12. Adso de Fimnu

    Adso de Fimnu Prince

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    I am rather surprised that most people assume man's greatest work is a physical object. I would be inclined to say mankind's greatest achievement is the concept of "God". Religious faith is certainly one of the most great and terrible things that humans have constructed and daily continue to construct.
     
  13. Zardnaar

    Zardnaar Deity

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    Fires good. So is electricity.
     
  14. Gangor

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    How about language? Civilisation itself wouldn't be possible without it
     
  15. Adler17

    Adler17 Prussian Feldmarschall

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    I think, like Evil Tyrant, that writing is the most important step in mankind. Only with books science can make progress and with it civilization. So civilization is based on writing.

    Adler
     
  16. Heretic_Cata

    Heretic_Cata We're gonna live forever

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    The celts would disagree. :p
     
  17. Eran of Arcadia

    Eran of Arcadia Stormin' Mormon Retired Moderator

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    So would the Inca, who may have been the greatest civilization ever that didn't have some form of writing.
     
  18. Capulet

    Capulet RESTART

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    Electricity - without it, we wouldn't have three of the options listed above.
     
  19. Kan' Sharuminar

    Kan' Sharuminar Fluffy

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    Not much use until many, many years later, when we invented the can :p

    I'd mostly agree with Evil Tyrant though. The development of a writing system was a pretty major thing. No more learning things from word of mouth, it allowed for people to expand beyond their family lines of work and begin truly helping others in learning and development of civilization.
     
  20. Mirc

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    We wouldn't have any, because we wouldn't have computers and internet :p ;)
     

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