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Plato, a Greek philosopher who lived from 427 BC to 347BC, famously wrote that, "Necessity is the mother of invention." Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

  • History/Economics -

    I agree with it because it's true. Fire was harnessed because people needed fire for warmth and to cook food.

    However, today I'm not so sure that statement is applicable. It was not necessity that produced phones that take photos.

    What do you think?

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    I think necessity wasn't the mother of inventions like technology. because necessity means the fact of being required or indispensable. and indispensable means absolutely necessary. technology did not needed to be invented. It was just a thought that wanted to come to life.

  • History/Economics -

    Of course technology has to be invented. I may have a good thought -- but I sure don't know how to make any gadgets. New inventions are designed by people who understand how to do it and are financed by people who think they can sell them and make money.

    In the ancient world, probably most inventions were needed.

  • History/Economics -

    True, but that doesn't mean that technology is part of necessity.

  • History/Economics -

    New technology always involves inventions.


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