Without any ado whatsoever, I present to you a brief timeline of landmark moments in human history.
400 BC (approximate year) – Buddha dies. He is purported to have said that “three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” It is unknown whether or not he actually said this.
384-322 BC – Aristotle’s lifespan, during which he would write “We may assume the superiority of the demonstration which derives from fewer postulates or hypotheses—in short from fewer premises; for…given that all these are equally known, where they are fewer knowledge will be more speedily acquired.” This concept is commonly known as “Occam’s Razor,” or “the simplest solution tends to be the right one.”
28 AD (approximate year) – Jesus gives the Sermon on the Mount, and says “ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes or thorns, or figs of thistles?”
180 (approximate year) – Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius writes Meditations, a collection of his thoughts, among them “the happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.”
1687 – Isaac Newton publishes Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, in which he defines his three laws of motion. This would become the basis for modern physics.
1776 – Thomas Jefferson pens the Declaration of Independence, writing “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
1859 – Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, which sets forth his theory of evolution and the “general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.”
1905-1916 – Albert Einstein publishes several scientific papers in which he describes his theories of Special and General Relativity. Among his insights is that matter warps spacetime, creating what we know as gravity.
1927 – Werner Heisenberg introduces his Uncertainty Principle, which asserts a fundamental limit to the precision with which certain pairs of physical properties of a particle, such as position and momentum, can be known.
1949 – George Orwell publishes his novel 1984, writing “in the end the Party would announce that two and two make five, and you would have to believe it.”
1965 – Winston Churchill dies, but not before saying that “the truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”
July 24, 2018 – Donald Trump, President of the United States, says “what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”
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