Originally Posted by axel77
In my opinion a human mind is to some degree like any other "machine" also. What you don't put into, doesn't get out. For every invention, for every story, for every intelectual capital you can expost make a research and discover the series of inputs that this person was given, so the "output" he gave was no surprise.
Balderdash, man! The human brain is capable of leaps of insight and intuition that extend beyond the raw data fed into them. That's what makes us more than meat calculators. If Man wasn't capable of divining something beyond the facts around him, we'd still be cowering in cold, dark caves... check that. We wouldn't have survived at all.
Every individual is capable of original ideas. At this point, the only thing that limits "originality" is the purely statistical liklihood that one of the other almost-seven billion people on the planet may have thought of it first.