When I finally began thinking for myself—fuck everyone else—at the age of 20, finally separating from the religious indoctrination my parents never escaped from—and still have not—I read a lot about Galileo and Copernicus as visionary revolutionary types.
It took a while before I learned of someone who went further.
Giordano Bruno (Italian: [dʒorˈdano ˈbruno]; Latin: Iordanus Brunus Nolanus; 1548 – 17 February 1600), born Filippo Bruno, was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, and astrologer. He is celebrated for his cosmological theories, which went even further than the then-novel Copernican model. He proposed that the stars were just distant suns surrounded by their own exoplanets and raised the possibility that these planets could even foster life of their own (a philosophical position known as cosmic pluralism). He also insisted that the universe is in fact infinite and could have no celestial body at its “center”.
Beginning in 1593, Bruno was tried for heresy by the Roman Inquisition on charges including denial of several core Catholic doctrines (including the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the virginity of Mary, and Transubstantiation). Bruno’s pantheism was also a matter of grave concern. The Inquisition found him guilty, and in 1600 he was burned at the stake in Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori. After his death he gained considerable fame, being particularly celebrated by 19th- and early 20th-century commentators who regarded him as a martyr for science, though scholars emphasize that Bruno’s astronomical views were at most a small part of the theological and philosophical beliefs that led to his trial. Bruno’s case is still considered a landmark in the history of free thought and the future of the emerging sciences.
In addition to cosmology, Bruno also wrote extensively on the art of memory, a loosely organized group of mnemonic techniques and principles. Historian Frances Yates argues that Bruno was deeply influenced by Arab astrology, Neoplatonism, Renaissance Hermeticism, and legends surrounding the Egyptian god Thoth. Other studies of Bruno have focused on his qualitative approach to mathematics and his application of the spatial concepts of geometry to language.
But, just go vote for Hillary!, Rand Paul, or whoever the fuck; and be content that you’re voting for people of power, not of mind. Could anyone write an epitaph like that for a single person you’re aware of who died within the last 200 years? No. Not even close. doG doesn’t make people like that, anymore.
You all make me so laf and it’s so laf there’s no hope. I think I’ll move out of this reason-forsaken, awful excuse for a faux land of opportunity…that still suckers the 3rd world by come-tired-humble-massed-to-our-shores bromide that’s now an outright lie…and laf as it crumbles like the Roman Empire.
Never forget that the the view of any politician is no more than 8 years into to future. Well, not exactly true. Hillary’s—Der Rodham—was 25 years. She just must be president, you see. It’s very, very important to her.
Give her a basic cosmology quiz, unaided (an impossibility), I might even consider voting again.
Fuck all of you and your lining up to pick someone to rule you. Fucking pathetic.