Why Europeans Came to Dominate the World, in 7 Minutes

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYSz010CVss Thought Monkey: "Three hundred years ago something big happened. The western world began to look at the world with new scientific eyes. There was a problem with this, though. As scientists began to classify the world into different categories, they also began to divide the human species into sub-species. Because of this an … Continue reading Why Europeans Came to Dominate the World, in 7 Minutes

Borgias Played Critical Role in Protestant Reformation, Renaissance, Colonialism, Columbian Exchange

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK6t8VpuFQg&t=19s In this video, Ryan Reeves, (PhD Cambridge) an Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, explains why the Borgia dynasty is, after more than 500 years, "remembered even today as something of a soap opera." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItLou92CsEM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpY1_iCUUa8 Popularized by a three-season TV series on various streaming services, the Borgias had a reputation … Continue reading Borgias Played Critical Role in Protestant Reformation, Renaissance, Colonialism, Columbian Exchange

Gutenberg’s Invention of Printing Press in the 1400s Led to Information Revolution and Surveillance Capitalism of the 21st Century

Many observers have compared the Information Revolution now underway to that sparked by Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press in the 1400s. "The problem with living through a revolution is that it’s impossible to take the long view of what’s happening. Hindsight is the only exact science in this business, and in that long … Continue reading Gutenberg’s Invention of Printing Press in the 1400s Led to Information Revolution and Surveillance Capitalism of the 21st Century

Columbus Day: Still Worth Celebrating?

Some American states and localities still observe a holiday around October 12 every year to Christoffa Corombo‘s contribution to world exploration. But in other places, it has become Indigenous People's Day. Click. The national consensus that Columbus was an unmarred hero has been lost. Debate: Is Columbus Day Worth Celebrating? Give 10 reasons for, and 10 reasons … Continue reading Columbus Day: Still Worth Celebrating?

1491: America and Europe Before Columbus

In this National Geographic documentary from 2016, "History books traditionally depict the pre-Columbus Americas as a pristine wilderness where small native villages lived in harmony with nature. But scientific evidence tells a very different story: When Columbus stepped ashore in 1492, millions of people were already living there. America wasn't exactly a "New World," but … Continue reading 1491: America and Europe Before Columbus

Debating the Crusades

The Crusades, from 1095 to 1492, were "a series of religious wars sanctioned by the Latin Church in the medieval period. The most commonly known Crusades are the campaigns in the Eastern Mediterranean aimed at recovering the Holy Land from Muslim rule, but the term 'Crusades' is also applied to other church-sanctioned campaigns." (More from … Continue reading Debating the Crusades

Taino Indians, Who Columbus Met and Enslaved, Still Exist

Long thought to be lost to history, the Taino Indians of the Caribbean and Puerto Rico who Christopher Columbus described and enslaved in the 1490s, still exist, according to journalist Robert Poole in Smithsonian magazine. Acknowledging that 85 percent of the Taino did perish, primarily from smallpox and other diseases, Poole interviews self-identified Taino who … Continue reading Taino Indians, Who Columbus Met and Enslaved, Still Exist