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  • I doubt it. I look in the papers and see the enormous numbers of psychics, mediums and other crazies and watch as people cry about being ripped off for thousands by these people and think: we are going backwards.
  • Not as long as TV networks compete for advertising dollars. Reason is not one of their motivating directives. TV is the medium, not the message. Information develops so fast now that an age of enlightenment could come and go in a decade. Would we even notice? Perhaps the slow nature of communication in the 17th century was a factor in the length and depth of the Age of Reason. ADDITION: The Age of Reason or Enlightenment, source:wikipedia The Age of Enlightenment (French: Siècle des Lumières, German: Aufklärung) refers to the eighteenth century in European and American philosophy, or the longer period including the Age of Reason. It can more narrowly refer to the historical intellectual movement The Enlightenment, which advocated Reason as the primary basis of authority. The Enlightenment is often closely linked with the Scientific Revolution, for both movements emphasized reason, science or rationality, while the former also sought to develop systematically understanding of divine and natural law. Inspired by the revolution of knowledge commenced by Galileo and Newton, and in a climate of increasing disaffection with repressive rule, Enlightenment thinkers believed that systematic thinking might be applied to all areas of human activity, carried into the governmental sphere in their explorations of the individual, society and the state. Its leaders believed they would lead the world into progress from a long period of doubtful tradition, irrationality, superstition, and tyranny which they imputed to the Dark Ages, though not from religious belief. The movement helped create the intellectual framework for the American and French Revolutions, the Latin American independence movement, and the Polish Constitution of May 3; and led to the rise of classical liberalism, democracy, and capitalism. The Enlightenment is matched with the high baroque and classical eras in music, and the neo-classical period in the arts; it receives modern attention as being one of the central models for many movements in the modern period. The Enlightenment influenced the Jewish Haskalah, which in Western Europe and particularly in Germany resulted in the elevation and eventual replacement of Yiddish by Hebrew, as well as the Jewish reform movement. The Enlightenment as a movement solely occurred in Germany, France, Britain, and Spain, but spread beyond. Many of the Founding Fathers of the United States were also heavily influenced by Enlightenment era ideas, particularly in the religious sphere (Deism) and, in parallel also to the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, in the governmental sphere with the United States Bill of Rights.
  • If we can get past playing The Price is Right (too much stupid behavior driven by profit)

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