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Writing Real History with the Help of Google's Ngram Viewer [ep. #50]
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Writing Real History with the Help of Google's Ngram Viewer [ep. #50]

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Using Google’s Ngram Viewer, it’s possible to paint a more accurate picture of our history. Did you know, for example, that the push for a “scientific worldview” coincided perfectly with the Apollo Space Program? Or that hardly anyone wrote of shared “Judeo-Christian” values until after the Second World War?

In this video, I process seemingly random terms that, taken together, explain our true history, at least for the past 500 years. Referring to the English-speaking world of the West, I identify four ages:

  • 1450-1600 AD: Age of Quiet Beginnings (Plato, Hermetics, etc.)

  • 1600-1750 AD: Age of Religion, Christianity, growth

  • 1750-1900 AD: Age of Civilization, colonialism, reflection

  • 1900-2050 AD: Age of the Middle Class, science fiction, wealth, and decline

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