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Hello all, I was just reading a very interesting perspective by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his book Antifragile, about the The Enlightened Innovator of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

(here he refers to info from Bill Bryson's book at Home.)

A remarkable number of inventions and knowledge was created by English clergymen.

The evidence of contributions by clergymen is much higher than physicists, economists, or other inventors
for that time period at, as far as physical records found about 10 times the number.

Here are just a few examples of inventors or knowledge experts.
Rev Edmund Cartwright - power loom
Rev Jack Russel - terrier breeder
Rev William Buckland - dinosaurs
Rev Willai Greenwell - archeology
Rev Octavius Pickard-Cambridge - spiders
Rev George Garrett - submarine
Rev Gibert White - naturalist
Rev M.J. Berkeley - fungi
And of course everyone knows Thomas Bays and Thomas Malthus.

And especially relevant is the country clergymen who had a nice home with plenty of leisure time, and
access to a good supply of tea. Hence the tie to Bryson's book. (Which i have not read by the way).

What enabled these religious people to make such intellectual contributions? Talib's take is The enlightened skeptic.

By being highly skeptical of human knowledge! Instead trust God.

If inspired by God, and in these cases of innovation meaning Nature as God made it, or even the the Invisible Hand of the markets. (Never mind capitalism here specifically!), The point is the spirit of just getting on with things directly - doing and tinkering and learning.

This vs relying on top-down flow from philosophy and institutions, both of which could be very convoluted at the time. Be very skeptical of those!

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The Enlightened Skeptic 441 Observer 10-Jun-21 00:24
Re: The Enlightened Skeptic 183 Glass Jigsaw 10-Jun-21 01:28
States of Mind 129 Observer 11-Jun-21 01:46
Re: States of Mind 149 Glass Jigsaw 12-Jun-21 00:57
Re: States of Mind 144 Observer 12-Jun-21 11:41
Re: States of Mind 133 Glass Jigsaw 15-Jun-21 12:35
Your exceptional post 127 drrayeye 15-Jun-21 15:54
Jack Russells 108 greengirl5 22-Jun-21 03:23
Vocatus atque non vocatus Deus aderit 119 grangram 22-Jun-21 08:36
Re: The Enlightened Skeptic 144 Susan Doris 10-Jun-21 05:50
Why did they succeed? 129 drrayeye 10-Jun-21 16:16
Re: Why did they succeed? 145 Susan Doris 11-Jun-21 05:53
Susan’s Knight in Shining Armor 132 Eddie Larry 11-Jun-21 11:35
Re: Susan’s Knight in Shining Armor 148 Susan Doris 11-Jun-21 15:31
Re: SSecond half of usan’s Knight in Shining Armor 139 Susan Doris 11-Jun-21 15:45
Re: SSecond half of usan’s Knight in Shining Armor 129 Eddie Larry 11-Jun-21 16:21
Re: Susan’s Knight in Shining Armor 113 Eddie Larry 11-Jun-21 22:07
Re: Susan’s Knight in Shining Armor 118 Susan Doris 11-Jun-21 22:23
Re: Susan’s Knight in Shining Armor 113 Eddie Larry 11-Jun-21 22:25
Re: Why did they succeed? 125 Observer 11-Jun-21 11:46
Re: Why did they succeed? 114 Susan Doris 11-Jun-21 16:45
Faith and Skepticism, Yin and Yang 140 Observer 12-Jun-21 00:39
Re: Why did they succeed? Why do people want others to Fail ? 127 Glass Jigsaw 25-Jun-21 20:36
Re: Why did they succeed? Why do people want others to Fail ? 104 Observer 02-Jul-21 13:11
Re: Why did they succeed? Why do people want others to Fail ? 104 Susan Doris 02-Jul-21 16:49
Re: Why did they succeed? Why do people want others to Fail ? 98 Observer 03-Jul-21 14:30
Re: Why did they succeed? Why do people want others to Fail ? 99 Susan Doris 03-Jul-21 14:58
TOE 155 Observer 03-Jul-21 21:42
Here are some more 121 grangram 23-Jun-21 12:03
Re: Here are some more 126 drrayeye 23-Jun-21 17:46
Re: Here are some more 106 Susan Doris 24-Jun-21 05:48
plumbers, nurses, janitors, fashion designers 110 drrayeye 24-Jun-21 11:11
Re: plumbers, nurses, janitors, fashion designers 119 Susan Doris 24-Jun-21 14:12
The enlightrened sceptic, remember? 108 drrayeye 24-Jun-21 17:38
Re: The enlightrened sceptic, remember? 104 Susan Doris 24-Jun-21 19:25
As off topic as possible--as quickly as possible 125 drrayeye 24-Jun-21 23:38


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