14 Jan 2011

Friday Man Denis Diderot (October 5, 1713 – July 31, 1784)

Listening to the news about Wikipedia and its founders Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger and their ambitions for Wikipedia, made me think about knowledge sharing.

Denis Diderot was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer. He was a prominent figure during the Enlightenment and is best-known for serving as co-founder and chief editor of and contributor to the Encyclopédie.

Pears Cyclopaedia was a household must have, (they were always a decade old and well thumbed). sponsored by Pear's soap. and annual 'penny' gazettier. what is the capital of Venezuela? Caracas.

(Animator christy Karacas superjail)

where was I? Diderot, "An encyclopedia ought to make good the failure to execute such a project hitherto, and should encompass not only the fields already covered by the academies, but each and every branch of human knowledge." Upon encompassing every branch of knowledge this will give, "the power to change men's common way of thinking." he was commenting about the disparate nature of reference books of knowledge prior to his proposal to collect all together and distribute knowledge much wider afield.

however its popularity threatened both the church and national positions, and "The Encyclopédie threatened the governing social classes of France (aristocracy) because it took for granted the justice of religious tolerance, freedom of thought, and the value of science and industry. It asserted the doctrine that the main concern of the nation's government ought to be the nation's common people. It was believed that the Encyclopédie was the work of an organized band of conspirators against society, and that the dangerous ideas they held were made truly formidable by their open publication. In 1759, the Encyclopédie was formally suppressed.

We are seeing the same parallel now with the Wikileaks story, and the trouble that its founder Julian Assange, and his colleagues are facing from National leaders and guardians.

A good site for history of shoes

More than enough.

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