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Takes two to tangle

Using a spider’s web to catch a fish. A truly fascinating case of extreme inventing. Like many, I came across this technique while watching a BBC series about the islands of the South Pacific. Fish are caught  using a spider’s web, but not as you might first think. Immediate response to a story about fishing […]

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Extreme Picks

Another good example of extreme inventing, exemplary in fact. This is a pick made from deer antler and used for digging in prehistoric times. Examples are found all over Europe. Recalling that extreme inventing is about recognising and then incorporating the property of a found object into a new technical system, this is a perfect […]

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Enchanted

Highly polished axe heads like the one shown here have been found all over Europe. It represents a category of extreme inventing I’ve called the social object. This example was found in Britain and is 5,800 years old and was featured in the BBC’s Radio 4 series: The History of the World in 100 Objects.  […]

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METhCheMEm

The good looking fellow here is the late and great Genric Altshuller, the Russian engineer-inventor famous (in some circles at least) for devising the most comprehensive design methodology there ever was, which goes by the name of TRIZ (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genrich_Altshuller). TRIZ is the Russian acronym for the theory of inventive problem solving (TIPS in English). […]

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Philosophy and Stone

The principle of extreme inventing is that you have to capture a property of a found object and incorporate it into what becomes a technical system. In our first two examples the found objects from which properties were captured were both artificial. They were designed and made. If we go back to the prehistory of […]

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