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The Difference Between an Invention and an Idea  (1 reply)
Posted by: Anonymous
Date: 6/5/2017 7:02:04 PM Reply

Inventions have changed the way we live our lives. It has changed how things work and gave an insight on how they will function in the future. It’s through the invention that we are given an opportunity to improve our lives.

What is an invention?

To invent is to come up with a new product/service or simply devising new ways of doing things. Some inventions are complex and require a certain level of knowledge, while some are simple and only requires basic knowledge.

Who can Invent?

Previously, it was believed that for one to be considered an inventor, they needed to possess a fancy college degree and be extremely good in scientific disciplines that are difficult to pronounce. This belief slowly started to fade when people realized that even a simple-minded individual could come up with outstanding ideas that could change the world.

What are the differences between an invention and an idea?

All inventions begin as an idea. A spark of genius where someone realizes that they could come up with new products or services that will change peoples’ lives. However, an idea alone cannot be classified as an invention. Several steps need to be accomplished to transform an idea into a complete invention. They are as follows:


An idea is a general overview of the project. An entire project needs complete designs that will convey the intention of the invention to other people who will be involved in the project. The inventor is encouraged to come up with his/her designs then, later on, seek professional assistance. Consulting experts will help to streamline the designs and omitting useless and irrelevant parts. This will enable the team to come up with complete and working drawings.

Business Plan:

A company’s success is only as good as its business plan. These plans will be presented to potential investors for funding. Getting this step wrong might affect the investor confidence in your project and may result in less or unfavorable funding which might stall the entire process. Seeking professional consultancy is highly recommended.


A working invention prototype model is not necessary, but all successful inventions have at least had one. The prototype should be open to scrutiny and all needed changes to be noted down. A prototype can also help the team to secure more funding for the project.


A patent grants you full ownership of that invention and prevents other parties from replicating your idea for a particular period depending on your country’s legislations. A patent will offer security and protection to your idea, and any infringement may entitle you to indemnities. A patent is only awarded when it has been proven this is your idea, and non-other similar idea exists. Other factors such as the usability of the invention and its manufacturing costs are also considered.

An invention without a patent is at a risk of being legally copied and used by other parties, and you will not be entitled to any share of the profits they make through the utilization of the invention. You are always encouraged and advised to patent your inventions before they are publicly available.

Reply From: Anonymous
Date: 11/25/2017 5:06:58 AM Reply
Re: The Difference Between an Invention and an Idea

Dear Loveawake:

I’m thinking of joining Loveawake. I’m only partly Jewish in my ancestry. I was sent to a Jewish kindergarten, but had no other Jewish education. Since I’m not 100% Jewish, is it wrong to date Jewish girls, even if I tell them the truth on the first date?

I would have no problem committing to converting (which as I understand is a long process). And I would feel funny dating a non-Jewish girl. What do you think?

― Only Sort of Jewish


Dear Only Sort of Jewish:

The answer to the heart of your question (“Who is a Jew?”) is complicated and is not answered the same by everyone. The short answer is: “It all depends on whom you ask or whom you consider authoritative.”

Orthodox and Conservative strands of Judaism define Jewishness by matrilineal descent (i.e., if the mother is Jewish). Reform, Reconstructionist and Renewal movements define Jewishness by the religion of the mother OR father. In all movements, how a person is choosing to define themselves is also important. A “Jew” who is actively practicing Christianity is no longer deemed “Jewish.”


Most people don’t realize this, but the notion of Jewishness being something “in the blood” is a tragic consequence of The Inquisition. That was the first time we have records of such a notion. Prior to that, at least until the advent of Christianity, we have evidence of widespread conversion into and out of Judaism. Given that, how can there be any validity to the notion of Judaism as a “race”? The Nicaea Council, which formally converted the Roman Empire to Christianity in 325 CE, would not have bothered to make conversion to Judaism a crime punishable by death if many people were not actively doing so.

Many people also don’t realize that defining Jewishness with the religion of the father (i.e., patriarchal descent) is actually an older tradition than the matriarchal descent mandated by modern orthodox and Conservative movements. For the people in the Torah (i.e., biblical era texts), it was the father’s religion that mattered.


Examples? Joseph’s children had an Egyptian mother, but his sons (Ephraim and Menases) were considered Jews. Moses married a non-Jew, but there is no debate as to whether his children were Jewish. King David himself, the reputed forefather of the messiah, is a descendant of a woman who converted to Judaism (Ruth).

In my mind, these are two great reasons to honor bilineal descent (religion of father or mother). I don’t want to re-enforce notions that are a result of anti-Semitism, and I don’t believe rabbinic-era laws necessarily supersede biblical-era laws.

But, that’s just me. It is a hotly debated issue marred mostly (in my mind) by a lack of knowledge of Jewish history. Most Jews who defend matrilineal descent don’t know these two historical facts.

If you have one Jewish parent and consider yourself Jewish, I don’t think joining Loveawake is “misrepresenting” yourself. But, I would challenge you to spend time learning about Judaism and becoming involved with an organized Jewish community; if you identify with Judaism enough to join Loveawake, why not enjoy more of Judaism’s treasures?

I also don’t think you are obligated to “qualify” or explain your Jewishness on a first date. If it matters to your date ― she will ask. Spend your time asking questions about her, not talking about yourself.


Finally, just one final piece of advice I can’t help, but mention: Please refer to your dates as “women” rather than “girls.” Unless you are a teenager, many women in this day and age would find such a reference demeaning.

Good luck!


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