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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: Part 2

    We need that hope to move forward and to be willing to progress and advance. If we return to the example of the flying cars, if we don´t believe that ideas can be unique, then we are not going to have someone trying to build a flying car because it has already been thought of. As a society we continuously search for uniqueness, in our names the way we dress and even the way we act sometimes, everyone ones to be unique, I think that living in a society with those wishes and desires we cant stop to think that ideas are not unique, maybe if at times that believe is triggered by our emotions.

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