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    Default Please write out the full content of "vice versa"

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    Invention is often the mother of necessity, rather than vice versa
    -Jared Diamond

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    I guess "vice versa" here refers to: Necessity is often the mother of invention.

    Am I on the right track?

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    Default Re: Please write out the full content of "vice versa"

    Hi NewHoper,

    Yes, you are.
    Not a teacher.

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    Default Re: Please write out the full content of "vice versa"

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
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    Invention is often the mother of necessity, rather than vice versa
    -Jared Diamond

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    I guess "vice versa" here refers to: Necessity is often the mother of invention.

    Am I on the right track?
    The usual phrase is "Necessity is the mother of invention", meaning that we need something so someone invents it. Jared Diamond (whoever he is) is making the point that, these days, it seems that the reverse is true - someone invents something and then everybody seems to think they need it.

    "Vice versa" means "the opposite".

    He is saying that his view is the opposite of the standard usual view.

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    Default Re: Please write out the full content of "vice versa"

    Excellent!

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    Default Re: Please write out the full content of "vice versa"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Jared Diamond (whoever he is)
    Jared Diamond - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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