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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 29 2013: Some further questions I find interesting;
    1)What is the model of existence this is assumed to be in? Single Universe(since Big Bang), Multiverse??
    2)Is unique in the context of first, or having only ever existed at one point of time and perspective?
    3)Do Boltzmann Brains make it impossible?

    WIth Genuine Interest

    Paul
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      Aug 2 2013: Let's do multiverse (after quick wikiing). Unique in context of first. It'd be pretty hard for only one poin of time. Blotzmann Brains' wiki page is a little complex for me. Would you mind giving a quick summary of it?

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