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Continental vs British Enlightenment

2 interpretations of human progress inspired 2 broad branches of the Enlightenment:

  1. The Continental Enlightenment understood that problems are soluble but not that they are inevitable
  2. The British Enlightenment understood both equally.

The Continental type was impatient for the perfected state – which led to intellectual dogmatism, political violence & tyranny - The French Revolution & the Reign of Terror are the archetypal examples.

The British one, which was evolutionary & cognizant of human fallibility, was impatient for institutions that did not stifle gradual, continuing change.

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"There was nothing special about the brains of the moderns; it was their trade networks that made the difference – their collective brains"

We owe our progress as a species to the advent of trade which drove all the innovations.

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Modern work demands knowledge transfer and abstract thinking, things which are not being actively taught in our highly-specialized academic curriculums.

It’s harder to be creative in a field the longer you have been studying it. It is best to insist on ’having one foot outside your world', to try to have broad interests and not focus on solely one thing in your learning path.

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