7 writer/artist/thinker groups whose members made a tremendous impact on their time … as well as ours

April 12, 2013

Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

C’mon…use those brain cells before the liquor kills them over the weekend.

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Photo: James Duncan Davidson

In 1812, four men met for a “philosophical breakfast” at Cambridge University: Charles Babbage, John Herschel, Richard Jones and William Whewell. Over food and drinks, they debated the state of knowledge –- imagining a world in which thinkers drew conclusions based on data, where research was done for the good of humanity rather than for financial gain, where researchers questioned each other in the name of moving each other forward and where research received outside funding rather than requiring an individual to pay for it themselves.

[ted_talkteaser id=1712] In today’s talk, historian Laura Snyder gives us an introduction to the discussions of these four men, who eventually became known as The Philosophical Breakfast Club. While their ideas form the basis of scientific inquiry now, their concepts were radical at the time, says Snyder in this talk from TEDGlobal 2012. It would be another 20…

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About Kristen Chapman

Loosely connected facts: Former Social Worker. Lifelong politico. Social media junkie. Poet. Performer. Storyteller. Decade teaching in Higher Ed. Master's Degree in Theology. Married to an Irishman. 3 darling kiddos. Preacher's kid. Content creation in digital marketing. Exuberant about Nashville. Appalachian. Music maker. Music devour-er. ENTP. Bohemian. Geeky. Obsessed with thrift stores and all things vintage. Lover of species.

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One Comment on “7 writer/artist/thinker groups whose members made a tremendous impact on their time … as well as ours”

  1. Mat Wilson (@matwilson6) Says:

    I don’t think you can top Voltaire in the influence department http://mdatoz.com/ivy

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