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2014-06-24 03:30:42 PM
Who discovered nagging?
 
2014-06-24 04:17:11 PM
She must have been an amazing woman.
 
2014-06-24 04:32:13 PM
yeah. but who invented the sandwich so that women could do something more important?
 
2014-06-24 04:35:25 PM
What the hell is a windscreen wiper?
 
2014-06-24 04:38:17 PM
Wonder-ful headline
 
2014-06-24 04:38:34 PM
So? We don't laud a discovery because a MAN came up with it. Who the fark cares what sex the inventor was?
 
2014-06-24 04:40:32 PM
Who invented inventing? God... probably.... checkmate!
 
2014-06-24 04:42:41 PM
Did someone actually claim that men invented anything?  That seems like a terrible "myth" to bust.
 
2014-06-24 04:43:43 PM
Joseph Swan, by the way.
 
2014-06-24 04:44:54 PM
Well what do you expect?  The men have to go to work all day.  We don't have spare time to sit around and think shiat up.
 
2014-06-24 04:45:34 PM
LIES! Greg Kinnear invented the wiper and Ford stole it from him
 
2014-06-24 04:47:02 PM
So... basically everything that makes their jobs easier. Sounds like a lazy woman to me.
 
2014-06-24 04:54:40 PM

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: LIES! Greg Kinnear invented the wiper and Ford stole it from him


Yeah. You know who probably wrote this list?
 
2014-06-24 04:56:00 PM
There's a few important things men came up with:  Euclidean geometry. Parabolic geometry. Hyperbolic geometry. Projective geometry. Differential geometry. Algebra. Limits, continuity, differentiation, integration. Physical chemistry. Organic chemistry. Biochemistry. Classical mechanics. The indeterminacy principle. The wave equation. The Parthenon. The Anabasis. Air conditioning. Number theory. Romanesque architecture. Gothic architecture. Information theory. Entropy. Enthalpy. Almost every symphony ever written. Pierre Auguste Renoir. The twelve-tone scale. The mathematics behind it, twelfth root of two and all that. S-p hybrid bonding orbitals. The Bohr-Sommerfeld atom. The purine-pyrimidine structure of the DNA ladder. Single-sideband radio. All other radio. Dentistry. The internal-combustion engine. Turbojets. Turbofans. Doppler beam-sharpening. Penicillin. Airplanes. Surgery. The mammogram. The Pill. The condom. Polio vaccine. The integrated circuit. The computer. Football. Computational fluid dynamics. Tensors. The Constitution. Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Homer, Hesiod. Glass. Rubber. Nylon. Roads. Buildings. Elvis. Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. (OK, those are nerve agents, and maybe we didn't really need them.) Silicone. The automobile. Really weird stuff, like clathrates, Buckyballs, and rotaxanes. The Bible. Bug spray. Diffie-Hellman, public-key cryptography, and RSA. Et cetera. 

Call me when you catch up there sugar tits.
 
2014-06-24 05:08:00 PM
Pretty woman engineer? A Unicorn has been found.
 
2014-06-24 05:09:40 PM
Women also invented the headache.
 
2014-06-24 05:10:06 PM
So mostly kitchen and laundry equipment?  I'm shocked.
 
2014-06-24 05:10:09 PM

rohar: Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Homer, Hesiod.


Men invented men?
 
2014-06-24 05:11:36 PM
Jeebus can we just stop with the gender validation?  Demanding acknowledgement tends to annoy people and just gives the Trilby Squad more loud blanks to fire off.
 
2014-06-24 05:12:03 PM
The Devil invented fapping, so let's all give him a big hand!
 
2014-06-24 05:12:37 PM
The point being women should stay in the kitchen and continue inventing household solutions?
 
2014-06-24 05:13:17 PM

rohar: There's a few important things men came up with:  ... Elvis. ...


Pretty sure Elvis' mom came up with Elvis

/Although someone helped her out at beginning
 
2014-06-24 05:14:04 PM
From Marie Curie and her work on radiology to the Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr developing a secret communications system to help combat the Nazis in WWII

That's Hedley
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michaelstvtray.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-06-24 05:18:45 PM

rohar: The purine-pyrimidine structure of the DNA ladder.


upload.wikimedia.org

Would like to have a word with you about that.
 
2014-06-24 05:42:21 PM

ReverendJynxed: So? We don't laud a discovery because a MAN came up with it. Who the fark cares what sex the inventor was?


Because in this male dominated society when the term "inventor" is used the default is usually "white male".
Same goes for the first black female millionaire (businesswoman Madame CJ Walker, back when a million meant something) or anyone else who has been relegated to the back of the history book. It's important because it's not the assumed default.
 
2014-06-24 05:46:14 PM
www.learnawesome.com
 
2014-06-24 05:46:29 PM

rohar: Call me when you catch up there sugar tits.


And of course there were no women involved with these inventions. Not a one. Not even in the room. They were just serving coffee and sh*t.

Let me know when men aren't the ones writing the history, dood.
 
2014-06-24 05:46:52 PM
Who invented democracy, existentialism, and the Ménage à Trois?

s1.dmcdn.net
 
2014-06-24 05:48:48 PM
 
2014-06-24 05:55:07 PM

rewind2846: ReverendJynxed: So? We don't laud a discovery because a MAN came up with it. Who the fark cares what sex the inventor was?

Because in this male dominated society when the term "inventor" is used the default is usually "white male".
Same goes for the first black female millionaire (businesswoman Madame CJ Walker, back when a million meant something) or anyone else who has been relegated to the back of the history book. It's important because it's not the assumed default.


What about the first black female lesbian millionaire? Or notable gay inventors? We don't want to give the impression that only straight people get rich or invent stuff.
 
2014-06-24 05:56:53 PM

rewind2846: ReverendJynxed: So? We don't laud a discovery because a MAN came up with it. Who the fark cares what sex the inventor was?

Because in this male dominated society when the term "inventor" is used the default is usually "white male".
Same goes for the first black female millionaire (businesswoman Madame CJ Walker, back when a million meant something) or anyone else who has been relegated to the back of the history book. It's important because it's not the assumed default.


Yes and no.  You seem to be missing the root cause as much of society is and has.

You see, in aggregate there is no measurable cognitive or behavioral advantage between white males and any other cohort in America.  But that's only half the story.

If you start looking at what slim data we do have, there's much more variation among white males than virtually any other cohort.  If you look at IQ, the mean is about the same between men and women, the variation is distinctly different.  At 2 standard deviations from the mean, the population is 2/1 male.  The number of male geniuses is double female geniuses.  Of course, the number of male idiots is double the number of female idiots.  The same increased variation has a similar affect when comparing Caucasian peoples to blacks and Latinos.  At the end of the day, white males are an extremely deviant group (statistically speaking).  From observation, I'd suggest this extends to any number of behaviors, violence/peace, politeness/rudeness, anger/calmness etc.

Given all of that, it seems obvious that the biggest breakthroughs in our society can be attributed to that group with the most variability.  The biggest failures too.
 
2014-06-24 05:58:07 PM
Good job, women. You invented three things, one of which is only useful to other women. Men only invented...everything else. So, clearly, your role is far more important.
 
2014-06-24 06:00:08 PM

untaken_name: Good job, women. You invented three things, one of which is only useful to other women. Men only invented...everything else. So, clearly, your role is far more important.


Everything else.  Like war, chemical weapons, state involvement in capitalism, hegemony, plutocracy, genocide etc.

You sure you want to go down this road?
 
2014-06-24 06:03:57 PM

rohar: untaken_name: Good job, women. You invented three things, one of which is only useful to other women. Men only invented...everything else. So, clearly, your role is far more important.

Everything else.  Like war, chemical weapons, state involvement in capitalism, hegemony, plutocracy, genocide etc.

You sure you want to go down this road?


Um, are you aware of the difference between ideas and tangible products? Because everything in the headline is a tangible product and everything you mentioned is an abstract idea. Are you sure YOU want to go down this road? Because it's a pretty nonsensical road.
 
2014-06-24 06:06:42 PM

rohar: There's a few important things men came up with:  ... Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Homer, Hesiod...


I think technically that their mothers came up with them.
 
2014-06-24 06:07:55 PM

untaken_name: rohar: untaken_name: Good job, women. You invented three things, one of which is only useful to other women. Men only invented...everything else. So, clearly, your role is far more important.

Everything else.  Like war, chemical weapons, state involvement in capitalism, hegemony, plutocracy, genocide etc.

You sure you want to go down this road?

Um, are you aware of the difference between ideas and tangible products? Because everything in the headline is a tangible product and everything you mentioned is an abstract idea. Are you sure YOU want to go down this road? Because it's a pretty nonsensical road.



Ok, fine.  The trebuchet, the slingshot, bows and arrows, chemical weapons (crap, I said that before, guess it wasn't "everything"), nukes, the stretching rack, irons for slaves, the guillotine, the bible, the koran...
 
2014-06-24 06:08:45 PM

Theaetetus: rohar: There's a few important things men came up with:  ... Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Homer, Hesiod...

I think technically that their mothers came up with them.


Figures, no respect for dad at all.  :)
 
2014-06-24 06:14:55 PM

rohar: rewind2846: ReverendJynxed: So? We don't laud a discovery because a MAN came up with it. Who the fark cares what sex the inventor was?

Because in this male dominated society when the term "inventor" is used the default is usually "white male".
Same goes for the first black female millionaire (businesswoman Madame CJ Walker, back when a million meant something) or anyone else who has been relegated to the back of the history book. It's important because it's not the assumed default.

Yes and no.  You seem to be missing the root cause as much of society is and has.

You see, in aggregate there is no measurable cognitive or behavioral advantage between white males and any other cohort in America.  But that's only half the story.

If you start looking at what slim data we do have, there's much more variation among white males than virtually any other cohort.  If you look at IQ, the mean is about the same between men and women, the variation is distinctly different.  At 2 standard deviations from the mean, the population is 2/1 male.  The number of male geniuses is double female geniuses.  Of course, the number of male idiots is double the number of female idiots.  The same increased variation has a similar affect when comparing Caucasian peoples to blacks and Latinos.  At the end of the day, white males are an extremely deviant group (statistically speaking).  From observation, I'd suggest this extends to any number of behaviors, violence/peace, politeness/rudeness, anger/calmness etc.

Given all of that, it seems obvious that the biggest breakthroughs in our society can be attributed to that group with the most variability.  The biggest failures too.


Perhaps, although there's nothing indicating that that statistical variation is inherent or has a genetic cause. Accordingly, noting that the biggest breakthroughs in the past can be attributed to men is like noting that the majority of politicians have been men (while avoiding noting that women weren't even allowed to vote for the majority of this country's existence).
 
2014-06-24 06:15:20 PM
To all the guys talking about we don't laud men when they do inventions or who cares what their gender was really have zero farking clue about history do you?  Take a little time to see how many men have been placed on pedestals throughout the ages for inventing things and then go take a look at how many women have also invented amazing things and are forgotten, ignored or simply had the men around them steal their ideas and pass it off as their invention.  I'm boggled by how badly your underwear is pulled up so far into your own asses that you either don't know this or because you feel so farking threatened by people talking about women that you have to say moronic things to make yourself feel better about your own miserable little existence.  Grow a pair of balls and get over yourself.
 
2014-06-24 06:15:51 PM

rohar: untaken_name: rohar: untaken_name: Good job, women. You invented three things, one of which is only useful to other women. Men only invented...everything else. So, clearly, your role is far more important.

Everything else.  Like war, chemical weapons, state involvement in capitalism, hegemony, plutocracy, genocide etc.

You sure you want to go down this road?

Um, are you aware of the difference between ideas and tangible products? Because everything in the headline is a tangible product and everything you mentioned is an abstract idea. Are you sure YOU want to go down this road? Because it's a pretty nonsensical road.


Ok, fine.  The trebuchet, the slingshot, bows and arrows, chemical weapons (crap, I said that before, guess it wasn't "everything"), nukes, the stretching rack, irons for slaves, the guillotine, the bible, the koran...


"Chemical weapons" isn't a product. It's a concept. And our world would be much worse off without the things you mentioned. We'd still be agrarian hunter-gatherers at best. Would you really want to live in a world with no electricity, no concept of justice, no laws, and no concept of the future or past? You would consider that better?
 
2014-06-24 06:16:10 PM

rohar: the guillotine


Not that one. Everyone knows it's named for Madame Guillotine, of the Paris Guillotines.
 
2014-06-24 06:16:48 PM

cew-smoke: Take a little time to see how many men have been placed on pedestals throughout the ages for inventing things


Like pedestals. And ladders to get off of pedestals.
 
2014-06-24 06:25:55 PM

cew-smoke: To all the guys talking about we don't laud men when they do inventions or who cares what their gender was really have zero farking clue about history do you?  Take a little time to see how many men have been placed on pedestals throughout the ages for inventing things and then go take a look at how many women have also invented amazing things and are forgotten, ignored or simply had the men around them steal their ideas and pass it off as their invention.  I'm boggled by how badly your underwear is pulled up so far into your own asses that you either don't know this or because you feel so farking threatened by people talking about women that you have to say moronic things to make yourself feel better about your own miserable little existence.  Grow a pair of balls and get over yourself.


I generally agree.

Now, look at the true evil in history.  I don't see many women in that group either.  The big names are all men, most of them white.  You don't see many Asian women going on mass killing sprees or bombings.

You see, this is where your position loses footing.  Yes, the truly greats have been men, so have the supreme failures.  I'd suggest this is due to variability on one cohort over the other, not supremacy.
 
2014-06-24 06:29:48 PM

Theaetetus: rohar: rewind2846: ReverendJynxed: So? We don't laud a discovery because a MAN came up with it. Who the fark cares what sex the inventor was?

Because in this male dominated society when the term "inventor" is used the default is usually "white male".
Same goes for the first black female millionaire (businesswoman Madame CJ Walker, back when a million meant something) or anyone else who has been relegated to the back of the history book. It's important because it's not the assumed default.

Yes and no.  You seem to be missing the root cause as much of society is and has.

You see, in aggregate there is no measurable cognitive or behavioral advantage between white males and any other cohort in America.  But that's only half the story.

If you start looking at what slim data we do have, there's much more variation among white males than virtually any other cohort.  If you look at IQ, the mean is about the same between men and women, the variation is distinctly different.  At 2 standard deviations from the mean, the population is 2/1 male.  The number of male geniuses is double female geniuses.  Of course, the number of male idiots is double the number of female idiots.  The same increased variation has a similar affect when comparing Caucasian peoples to blacks and Latinos.  At the end of the day, white males are an extremely deviant group (statistically speaking).  From observation, I'd suggest this extends to any number of behaviors, violence/peace, politeness/rudeness, anger/calmness etc.

Given all of that, it seems obvious that the biggest breakthroughs in our society can be attributed to that group with the most variability.  The biggest failures too.

Perhaps, although there's nothing indicating that that statistical variation is inherent or has a genetic cause. Accordingly, noting that the biggest breakthroughs in the past can be attributed to men is like noting that the majority of politicians have been men (while avoiding noting that women weren't even allow ...


This I can't speak to.  The data we've collected doesn't show much mainly because the underlying science is muddy at best.  My gut is that it is what it is, and if we don't accept it, we'll do more harm than good trying to fix it.  If it is innate (I hate to use genetic, could be influence in the womb etc.) and we push standardized programs on naturally non standard individuals, what do we get?  Do we reduce the lower end of the cohort while simultaneously reducing the upper end of the cohort?  I kinda like the stuff the upper end does for society.

It definitely deserves more study.
 
2014-06-24 06:30:57 PM

untaken_name: rohar: untaken_name: rohar: untaken_name: Good job, women. You invented three things, one of which is only useful to other women. Men only invented...everything else. So, clearly, your role is far more important.

Everything else.  Like war, chemical weapons, state involvement in capitalism, hegemony, plutocracy, genocide etc.

You sure you want to go down this road?

Um, are you aware of the difference between ideas and tangible products? Because everything in the headline is a tangible product and everything you mentioned is an abstract idea. Are you sure YOU want to go down this road? Because it's a pretty nonsensical road.


Ok, fine.  The trebuchet, the slingshot, bows and arrows, chemical weapons (crap, I said that before, guess it wasn't "everything"), nukes, the stretching rack, irons for slaves, the guillotine, the bible, the koran...

"Chemical weapons" isn't a product. It's a concept. And our world would be much worse off without the things you mentioned. We'd still be agrarian hunter-gatherers at best. Would you really want to live in a world with no electricity, no concept of justice, no laws, and no concept of the future or past? You would consider that better?


No, it's pretty much a product.  As a few Syrians if they were hit with an idea or a product.  Oh shiat, you can't.
 
2014-06-24 06:33:19 PM

rohar: This I can't speak to.  The data we've collected doesn't show much mainly because the underlying science is muddy at best.  My gut is that it is what it is, and if we don't accept it, we'll do more harm than good trying to fix it.  If it is innate (I hate to use genetic, could be influence in the womb etc.) and we push standardized programs on naturally non standard individuals, what do we get?  Do we reduce the lower end of the cohort while simultaneously reducing the upper end of the cohort?  I kinda like the stuff the upper end does for society.


My gut is that it's unlikely to be innate, but rather a result of social conditioning that rewards boys for acting out and taking risks, and punishes girls for the same behavior while rewarding them for "fitting in". By the time you're giving IQ tests, your subjects have had years, if not decades,of social conditioning. 

It definitely deserves more study.

Agreed.
 
2014-06-24 06:35:19 PM

Theaetetus: My gut is that it's unlikely to be innate, but rather a result of social conditioning that rewards boys for acting out and taking risks, and punishes girls for the same behavior while rewarding them for "fitting in". By the time you're giving IQ tests, your subjects have had years, if not decades,of social conditioning.


I reward my daughter for taking risks.  I punish my wife for expecting that my daughter fits in.  This might take a few years, but I'm guessing I'll have a datapoint of 1 in a while.  She's only 7.  :)
 
2014-06-24 06:38:33 PM

Theaetetus: rohar: This I can't speak to.  The data we've collected doesn't show much mainly because the underlying science is muddy at best.  My gut is that it is what it is, and if we don't accept it, we'll do more harm than good trying to fix it.  If it is innate (I hate to use genetic, could be influence in the womb etc.) and we push standardized programs on naturally non standard individuals, what do we get?  Do we reduce the lower end of the cohort while simultaneously reducing the upper end of the cohort?  I kinda like the stuff the upper end does for society.

My gut is that it's unlikely to be innate, but rather a result of social conditioning that rewards boys for acting out and taking risks, and punishes girls for the same behavior while rewarding them for "fitting in". By the time you're giving IQ tests, your subjects have had years, if not decades,of social conditioning.


Oh, incidentally, support for my gut feeling vs. yours is this:
unsafeharbour.files.wordpress.com
Variance ratios seem to be all over the place, depending on country, and even change significantly over short time periods. That points away from a genetic explanation.

Now, it doesn't necessarily point  to a social explanation for the variance. One other criticism of this issue is that the sample sizes tend to be so poor that the variance may just be statistical noise. That's also supported by the significant changes over a short time period within a single country.
 
2014-06-24 06:38:40 PM

rohar: untaken_name: rohar: untaken_name: rohar: untaken_name: Good job, women. You invented three things, one of which is only useful to other women. Men only invented...everything else. So, clearly, your role is far more important.

Everything else.  Like war, chemical weapons, state involvement in capitalism, hegemony, plutocracy, genocide etc.

You sure you want to go down this road?

Um, are you aware of the difference between ideas and tangible products? Because everything in the headline is a tangible product and everything you mentioned is an abstract idea. Are you sure YOU want to go down this road? Because it's a pretty nonsensical road.


Ok, fine.  The trebuchet, the slingshot, bows and arrows, chemical weapons (crap, I said that before, guess it wasn't "everything"), nukes, the stretching rack, irons for slaves, the guillotine, the bible, the koran...

"Chemical weapons" isn't a product. It's a concept. And our world would be much worse off without the things you mentioned. We'd still be agrarian hunter-gatherers at best. Would you really want to live in a world with no electricity, no concept of justice, no laws, and no concept of the future or past? You would consider that better?

No, it's pretty much a product.  As a few Syrians if they were hit with an idea or a product.  Oh shiat, you can't.


Who makes it? What is the active ingredient?

Zyklon-B is a product. Cyanide is a product (which, by the way, was NOT invented by men). Oh, and since you're talking about poison, guess what the most common murder method used by women is? Are you entirely sure the concept of using chemicals as weapons was INVENTED by a man? What was his name?
 
2014-06-24 06:40:41 PM

rohar: Theaetetus: My gut is that it's unlikely to be innate, but rather a result of social conditioning that rewards boys for acting out and taking risks, and punishes girls for the same behavior while rewarding them for "fitting in". By the time you're giving IQ tests, your subjects have had years, if not decades,of social conditioning.

I reward my daughter for taking risks.  I punish my wife for expecting that my daughter fits in.  This might take a few years, but I'm guessing I'll have a datapoint of 1 in a while.  She's only 7.  :)


Unlikely, since without any other influences such as television or other adults or children, your daughter is going to be somewhat socially stunted already. You should probably give up the experiment and let her out of the basement.

/your efforts are admirable, but you're a tiny drop in the pond of social influences she's surrounded by
 
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