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The 10 most important contributions throughout time
    #2371029 - 02/23/04 09:55 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

I'd like to know what every person here thinks are the 10 most important contributions to society throughout time. Be somewhat specific, that is, say "integrated circuitry" rather than "science" :-) After I've gotten a page or so of answers, I'll show you the PA&L tie to it. Thanks alot!


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: TheOneYouKnow]
    #2371041 - 02/23/04 10:08 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

The Atomic Bomb.

Like it or not, it is an important contribution.


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: TheOneYouKnow]
    #2371053 - 02/23/04 10:16 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

I'm guessing that this is going to become yet another racist threads about black Africans not contributing anything(which I imagine would have to do with their relative isolation from Western society for so long). But what do you mean by "contributions to society"? Is it only a contribution if it has a positive impact, or could it have a negative impact as well, such as nuclear weapons?

Anyway, being a musician myself, I'll go ahead and say syncopated beats, a musical innovation from Africa which later on influenced Jazz music, and in turn went on to influence Blues, Rock 'n Roll, Hip-hop, and several other forms of popular music today.


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: Innvertigo]
    #2371055 - 02/23/04 10:19 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

oooh you're so contraversial!  :smile:

Nuclear power as a whole has contributed alot to society but I dont see how the atom bomb has contributed anything other than pain for those it has been inflicted upon and a sense of fear and paranoia for those who have lived in its shadow.

On the other hand without it as a deterrent, whose to say what kind of wars would have took place in the last 60 years?

As for me, Id go for, in no particular order....

internet
Study of medicine
fire
printing press
Roman/Greek Philosophy
The major religions
paper
Air travel
The hallucinogenic experience (Natch!)
Computer science


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: GazzBut]
    #2371076 - 02/23/04 10:28 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

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Nuclear power as a whole has contributed alot to society but I dont see how the atom bomb has contributed anything other than pain for those it has been inflicted upon and a sense of fear and paranoia for those who have lived in its shadow.



I'm guessing that Inny is interpreting "contributions" based on their influence on society, not whether that influence is positive or negative. I'd have to agree that the atomic bomb has had a serious influence over the course of history, especially the 20th Century. The Cold War might never have happened the way it did if not for nuclear weapons.


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: GazzBut]
    #2371078 - 02/23/04 10:30 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

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fire



Oh ya, I forgot about that. TheOneYouKnow: You can add that to the list of inventions by black Africans(the first moden humans were black).


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: GazzBut]
    #2371101 - 02/23/04 10:41 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

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oooh you're so contraversial!




I wasn't trying to be.

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Nuclear power as a whole has contributed alot to society but I dont see how the atom bomb has contributed anything other than pain for those it has been inflicted upon and a sense of fear and paranoia for those who have lived in its shadow.




I didn't say it was a positive contribution, it did however change the way countries defend themselves and negotiate for peace.

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On the other hand without it as a deterrent, whose to say what kind of wars would have took place in the last 60 years?




see above.


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: silversoul7]
    #2371112 - 02/23/04 10:44 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

I'm guessing that this is going to become yet another racist threads about black Africans not contributing anything(

Bingo.

I guess he thought it was going to come as a big surprise to us at the end when he victoriously revealed his true intentions.

It seems he can't go more than a few days without feeling the need to beat this horse. The level of obsession is kind of funny actually.


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: TheOneYouKnow]
    #2371114 - 02/23/04 10:45 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

My top 10 in no particular order and probably will change as others add.

Atomic Energy (A-bomb included)
Automobile
Electricity
Computers
Internet
Fire
Agriculture
Medicine
Radio
Government


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: silversoul7]
    #2371117 - 02/23/04 10:47 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

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I'm guessing that this is going to become yet another racist threads about black Africans not contributing anything




This thought never even crossed my mind, why did it cross yours?


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: Innvertigo]
    #2371129 - 02/23/04 10:52 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

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Innvertigo said:
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I'm guessing that this is going to become yet another racist threads about black Africans not contributing anything




This thought never even crossed my mind, why did it cross yours?



Because he's made a bazillion other threads about the topic. It's really getting old.


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: EchoVortex]
    #2371135 - 02/23/04 10:53 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

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It seems he can't go more than a few days without feeling the need to beat this horse. The level of obsession is kind of funny actually.



What obsession? I've just seen enough of your posts, under your current screenname as well as previous ones, to know what you're up to.


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: silversoul7]
    #2371157 - 02/23/04 11:04 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

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silversoul7 said:
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Innvertigo said:
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I'm guessing that this is going to become yet another racist threads about black Africans not contributing anything




This thought never even crossed my mind, why did it cross yours?



Because he's made a bazillion other threads about the topic. It's really getting old.




If it's getting old, you should stop reading them. Do you think that the top ten inventions are Jazz music? Odd how you guessed my intent and started answering the question so it would further your own belief system. do you think that jazz music, which you did mention, is more or less important than the smallpox vaccination, which you didn't mention? (here is where you say that smallpox vac is more important) and I say "Well golly, why did you, MR Objective College Student with an OpenMind, obviously try to answer a non-asked question, rather than answer it honestly and let me prove a point" here is where you say "because I'm a commie" :-)


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: TheOneYouKnow]
    #2371256 - 02/23/04 11:23 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

Actually, my answer wasn't Jazz music.  It was a specific musical innovation(syncopated beats) which can be heard throughout popular music today, and thus has had an extensive influence over pop culture.  Would you or would you not consider music to be a part of society.  And as far as it being more or less important than the smallpox vaccine, how do you measure importance?  Syncopated beats have had a widespread influence over the musical landscape that makes up popular music today, and are probably just as important of a contribution to music as the smallpox vaccine is to medicine.  But I didn't mean to list it as one of the top 10.  I just wanted to throw that out there because I knew where you were going with this thread, and wanted to show you a significant contribution made by people who you don't think made any significant contributions.  Anyway, my top 10:

fire(invented by "niggers")
agriculture(developed independently in several parts of the world)
writing(same as above)
math(same)
the wheel(invented by "sand niggers")
the scientific process(concieved of during the Age of Enlightenment)
due process(I believe this slowly developed among different cultures in contact with each other)
the constitution(I think America had the first one, if you don't count the Magna Carta)
mass production(developed by Nazi-sympathizer Henry Ford)
the internet(invented by Al Gore :grin:)


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: TheOneYouKnow]
    #2371261 - 02/23/04 11:25 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

Your whole arguement is ridiculous. If it had any validity there would be no black people in universities, no black scientists, no black authors etc etc but as there are all of the above your argument is obviously a crock of shit.

Cheerio! Close the door on your way out.


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: TheOneYouKnow]
    #2371303 - 02/23/04 11:39 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

pennicillin


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: silversoul7]
    #2371312 - 02/23/04 11:41 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

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Because he's made a bazillion other threads about the topic. It's really getting old. 




well I don't see how this can switch to a racist thread, who knows?

If all else fails we can turn this into an America bashing thread, that hasn't been done :rolleyes:


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: Innvertigo]
    #2371339 - 02/23/04 11:52 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

I think he'll work the *nigras* into this somehow.


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: Innvertigo]
    #2371346 - 02/23/04 11:57 AM (13 years, 8 days ago)

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well I don't see how this can switch to a racist thread, who knows?



He'll try and point out how few of those contributions were made by black Africans, and use that as evidence that they're somehow intellectually inferior. I've seen him do it time and again.


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Re: The 10 most important contributions throughout time [Re: TheOneYouKnow]
    #2371364 - 02/23/04 12:05 PM (13 years, 8 days ago)

The douche


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