“My father could have been a great comedian but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him, so he made a conservative choice and instead got a safe job as an accountant and when I was 12 years old he was let go from that safe job and from then on my family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father not the least of which was that you could fail at what you don’t want so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love.”—Jim Carrey, Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation. (via whitecolonialism)
It terrifies me how Emma Watson gave a speech on feminism that was so carefully geared not to offend the sensibilities of men, and they still threatened her with violence and exposure in a horrifying way. These men don't hate feminism, they hate women plain and simple
I think it’s a defining moment in the radicalization of young women when they realize men, as a class, absolutely and violently hate them.
Idk if you already mentioned this, but there was an Arabic astronomer who discovered the earth revolved around the sun before Copernicus, but Copernicus' publishers made sure not to give him credit because he was Arabic. Not sure I remember his name
Yes! His name was Nasir al-Din al-Tusi and he was an astronomer and a polymath. His work precedes Copernicus by nearly (or over) 400 years! He proved his work in 1259 (or 1260). Copernicus’s work is also very similar to the other astronomer Mu’ayyad al-Din al-‘Urdi, his work being proved in 1250.
There’s a maybe that Copernicus could have known about said astronomers while he was studying abroad.
"The problematic implied in the approach of the transmission of scientific ideas from the Islamic world to Europe, when raised at this point with respect to those two theorems, leads one to realize that it plays havoc with the commonly accepted assumptions that governed the discussion for the last forty years or so. First, there is no concrete evidence that Copernicus himself could read Arabic in order to benefit directly from the research that was still going on in the Islamic civilization, nor to benefit from the Arabic texts that were produced by that civilization and contained such theorems. Second, there is no concrete evidence either that such Arabic works were ever translated into Latin, the language that is well known that Copernicus could read and write. Furthermore, it is known that Copernicus could read Greek, for he was in every respect a well educated "Renaissance" scientist, and it is well known that he lived, on and off, and studied in northern Italy for a period of about ten years. Then the likelihood of his coming across the specific Greek manuscript uncovered by Neugebauer which also contained among other things the Tusi Couple was at least thought to be plausible, or so was implied by Neugebauer then and later stated slightly more forcefully by Swerdlow and Neugebauer. In fact, Swerdlow and Neugebauer made the bold statement in their joint work that such Arabic theorems were indeed circulating in Italy around the year 1500 and thus implying that Copernicus could have learned about them from his contacts in Italy"