- Jul 24, 2010
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They just didn't "disseminate it" they conducted thoughtful research and expanded on known knowledge and methods and blazed new roads in what would be the end of the trivium of Scholasticism all the while perfecting it.vamrat said:Historically speaking, I can get behind this assertion. They conquered many ancient civilizations - the Romans, Indians, and Persians being the most important - and adopted their knowledge and then disseminated it to any other civilizations they conquered or warred with. Islam has bloody borders, but bloodshed is the most effective transfer of knowledge.orthonorm said:Your "Enlightenment" was delivered to you by the Muslims, not Christians.Jonathan Gress said:Pinker is great and probably right for the most part, though a review I read said he kind of glosses over Christianity's role in declining violence, i.e. the modern lack of violence is entirely due to Enlightenment values, even though there was an appreciable decline already in the early Middle Ages.stavros_388 said:The Better Angels of our Nature - Why Violence Has Declined, by Steven Pinker
I haven't read anything by him before, but I downloaded a sample of his latest from amazon as I thought the premise was interesting, and was pretty quickly hooked. Bought it. Engaging writing style. Lots of interesting data. Compelling.