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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