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What You Can't Say
Discusses moral fashions that come and go. These can often by identified by being things you cannot say.

Very good example is this: most, if not all, of your ideas are something most other contemporary people agree with. This is too much to be a coincidence; you have not arrived at these same ideas independently. Many of the ideas are very likely to be wrong.

The article discussed multiple methods for identifying moral fashions:
- Conformist test: what ideas would you be reluctant to express ...
culture  history  paulgraham  psychology  essay  taboo  society 
18 minutes ago by lkovanen
a quick roller coaster ride through twenty centuries of church history so that we can make better sense of where we are by understanding where we’ve come from.The Catholic Church is the only institution from that time period that still not only survives, but thrives.One of the interesting thing is a 500 year pattern.The first five hundred years is the Roman period. The church grows, goes through persecution, then is established and the fortunes of the church rise as the Roman Empire slowly crumbles.The second 500 years are the Dark Ages. Europe drifts into chaos, anarchy and lawlessness. The barbarian tribes invade, but St Benedict establishes monasticism in the East while the Celtic church is flourishing and sending out missionaries from the West. The hierarchy and papacy disintegrates into an ongoing war between what are essentially Italian crime families.The third 500 years sees the great flourishing of Christendom. Monasticism blossoms, learning expands, universities are established, art and architecture flowers into greatness. The Middle Ages enjoy a unity across Europe united in loyalty to a papacy that is growing in power, organization and domination of European civilization.The fourth 500 years are are time of revolution. First the Protestant revolution, then the dissent and division of nation states, the English Protestant revolution, the French revolution, the revolution of rationalism, secularism and humanism and the American revolution. Then the industrial revolution, Russian revolution, Spanish, Mexican and Italian revolutions. Two world wars and finally the sexual revolution and technological revolution. These 500 years have been tumultuous, and they have sent the church reeling.I believe we are at the end of a 500 year cycle and about to enter a New Age in the church. This means great uncertainty. Some respond by a blind attempt to return to an earlier age–preserving all the externals of a bygone Catholic age. Other respond in exactly the opposite way–by embracing everything new and adapting the church completely to the Spirit of the Age.I believe the true answer is a balance of both approaches
catholic  history  predictions  protections 
2 hours ago by thomas.kochi
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz : Brian Knappenberger : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
The Internet's Own Boy depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. It features interviews with his family and friends as well as the internet luminaries who worked with him. The film tells his story up to his eventual suicide after a legal battle, and explores the questions of access to information and civil liberties that drove his work.
to.watch  documentary  video  history 
3 hours ago by brainflurry

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