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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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  • Aug 6 2013: Continuation....

    , but because he was able to see trends and connections that led him to believe that what was previously known was wrong (assuming that there is a right and wrong in the world we live in). In conclusion I do believe that almost every idea is unique, and that we do re-use previously learnt ideas, but it is how we use them that maintains that uniqueness, because of our perspective your idea will always be a little different than someone else’s (even so slightly) who had the same pervious knowledge as yourself.

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