Show 169: Brian Trent

Keeping the Darkness at Bay, or How to Avoid Reliving the Lowest Moment in Human History w/ Brian Trent

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Just before the dark ages began, there was a moment, when centuries of
the total accumulated evidence-based knowledge, as well as the empirical
approach to knowing, had people struggling for it not to be eviscerated by the forces of superstition, faith, and authoritarianism.  For many reasons, that ill fated struggle to keep reason alive just before the thousand years of darkness which followed, was embodied in the story life of the ancient female mathematician and astronomer, Hypatia.

Brian Trent is the author of the recent historical novel “Remembering Hypatia.”  Brian will help us understand what it is that this great woman represented, and why we aught to be especially vigilant today about how to protect humanity from those who would bring about a new Dark Age.

From the Author:

“Hypatia was the most brilliant woman of the ancient world, yet she’s been forgotten, while the man who murdered her was made into a saint. In an era when women were shunned from learning, Hypatia achieved fame in not one – but four – professions, as astronomer, philosopher, mathematician, and the last curator of the Great Library of Alexandria. Hers was an era in which rational scientific inquiry and human ability met in a title-fight with the evangelicals of her day… and the winner gave history a thousand years of a Dark Age.”

What are the social forces that lead to the establishment of institutionalized mind control? Forces that not only grind human progress to a halt, but actually sends human progress backward several hundred years, obliterating previous achievements in such crucial aspects of civilized living such as plumbing, steam power, mathematics, central heating, medicine, sophisticated sea navigation systems, and many others. And, do such damaging forces threaten to reverse the course of human progress today?

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