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To what extent can an idea be unique?

Are all ideas just the combination of known principles or trial and error? Examples and peronal experiences are good as well as just opinions. This question could be expanded to any thought at all, not just ideas. If there is a thought that is almost entirely unique, there can't be any previous oppposite idea. What I mean is if an idea is the exact opposite of another it isn't really original. It just stated the opposite. If an entirely original idea can be made, how will it be formed?

I have some opinions currently, but I'm sure they'll change after your comments. Please ask me to expand or clarify if needed.

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  • Jul 24 2013: I would rather label it unique after seeing it than have definitions.
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      Jul 24 2013: But do you think you would see a completely original idea?
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        Jul 25 2013: All archetypes are completely original ideas. They are the original from which the patterns are cut. The number 1 is a completely original, unique idea. You can even see that in the way unicycle means one wheel, unisex means one sex, either male or female can wear it or use it. Unicorn's have one horn. Something that is unilinear is made up of one single line. Something that is unique is literally one of a kind. Like the number one. The original number, the sole number, the single number, single meaning one.... and on and on and on....
      • Jul 25 2013: A little strong , but likely true
        But could we really do it by definition - an idea that sounds like the Texas State Constitution.
        I see problems there too.
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      Jul 25 2013: Then name one idea you've already seen that you can label unique. No definitions necessary.
      • Jul 26 2013: Thank you this is getting more fun Unique to one creature or to society as a whole. Am I getting weird here?

        Sometime we seek to find a better way to fix something in a way it's never been done around us before. Youo are i may do many things in an unusual way which is just like someone does it at the other side of the world. That could be a individually unique context. One thinks of the woman who was knitting near Einstein - She suggested another way it could be done. The explained to him what that style was called.
      • Jul 26 2013: Okay multiple discoveries are relevant.

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