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This article constitutes a second pioneer Renaissance man of my invention. You can find a list of examples of pioneer Renaissance men (all of whom are invented by myself, with the exception of four Italians) in this article. The next Renaissance man I cover is Miguel Vasquez of Spain.
Miguel Vasquez was a Spanish scholar and contemporary of the Italian Luciano Marrone, and by 1375 and after, became a man of many talents. Miguel was born in Valencia on May 20, 1343. In 1368 he sailed across the Mediterranean Sea and settled in Florence where he met Marrone and other early Renaissance figures in the area.
Miguel returned to Spain in 1375 a changed man and had imported the Renaissance into his country. Over the next couple of years, as the Renaissance was spreading throughout Spain and neighboring Portugal, he was taking up the trades of Marrone and also wrote about promoting an ideology borrowed from his Italian friend: religious toleration.
Miguel died in Valencia on July 27, 1418, at the age of 75.
Although this life story of Miguel Vasquez is brief compared to the one about Luciano Marrone, I've just noted that he and Miguel were key promoters of religious toleration, which is important because it results in important changes in European history. Religious toleration has a major impact on Europe since Marrone first instigated it, first on the common people, and from there to the European ruling classes, aristocracies, and other people of upper classes. The ideology is adopted by the ruling classes to an extent, by the aristocracies to a greater extent, and especially to non-noble people of upper classes as well as to commoners.
- This process gets more recognition with the presence of eastern Slavic Jewish missionaries in the rest of Europe, obviously including Spain and Portugal; this is a result of the aftermath of the arrival of the Renaissance to Russia, which I'll get to in another article.
- With religious toleration and Jewish missionary activity mainstream, around 15% of every European nationality/ethnicity outside the eastern Slavs converts to Judaism. (About 30% of eastern Slavs are already Jewish.)
- There are two other major results of these prior events. One is that the Spanish Inquisition is crippled since Spain's Jews are immune to it. The other is that there is no attempt at all by the Spanish Armada to invade England. Both are caused by fears of war with Russia (30% Jewish). (All of Europe by 1492 is connected commercially and financially, as it has been since 1400 or before. A persecution of Jews in Spain would provoke outrage in Russia. Similarly, an outrage in Russia would be provoked if Roman Catholic Spain were to engage in religious warfare with Protestant England or any other non-Roman Catholic nation. Spain's Jews would obviously not desire to make England a Roman Catholic country, and Russia's Jews would want to defend those of Spain.)
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- Although this life story of Miguel Vasquez is brief compared to the one about Luciano Marrone, I've just noted that he and Miguel were key promoters of religious toleration, which is important because it results in important changes in European history. Religious toleration has a major impact on Europe since Marrone first instigated it, first on the common people, and from there to the European ruling classes, aristocracies, and other people of upper classes. The ideology is adopted by the ruling classes to an extent, by the aristocracies to a greater extent, and especially to non-noble people of upper classes as well as to commoners.
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Welcome, one and all, to Curious Cosmos.
First things first, Curious Cosmos now hosts the Time Travel Institute forums. The two have not merged, per se, but it makes more sense to run one community platform than a handful of smaller sites. TTI is not going away; it's now part of a larger whole.
So, why the change?
I love this community. I love building this stuff and thinking of new ways to make things work. Sometimes that love turns into more of an "I will love him and squeeze him and call him George" situation than it needs to be, but I mean well.
Most of all, I love providing a place for people to express themselves and share wild ideas. This site is like a second home to me. It's where I come to escape, and it's something I want to pass down to my kids when I'm too old to squint at the computer screen.
Doesn't it feel like the older you get, the less time there is? There's real science and logic behind this perception, but that doesn't make it any less annoying. I work east coast hours on the west coast, so my day runs from 4 AM to 2 PM... And then suddenly, it's 9 PM. Where did the day go?
Everyone's life is busy, and the time we have is finite. More than anything, running a time travel site has taught me that. I want the effort I spend here to grow something that can sustain itself and support the kind of content I'd like to create (and that I'd like to see). There's a full-time job here somewhere, maybe I can find it 😉
tl;dr: Opening things up a little will make it easier to grow.
Here's a rough outline of how we're structuring things:
Time Travel Institute
- An upgraded version of the original site (circa 2010ish) will go up.
- The original content will return, updated in some places.
- New content in the future.
- Time Travel Hotline 😉
- Forums will live on Curious Cosmos.
- Expanded core topics will allow more kinds of content (maps, different types of databases, etc.) and attract more members.
- Higher focus on member-run Dimensions (basically a subreddit)
- Higher focus on Zines (member blogs)
- Easier long-term planning on my part
- TTIDB becomes CCDB
- You have the tools to make this site your own
I'll go into more detail in future posts, but this should give you an idea. Stay tuned for some intro posts about creating Dimensions and using some of the site features.
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Note: This post will be updated as things are added or how-tos are created.
9/5/2020: Curious Cosmos has a lot of features, and not all of them are apparent if you don't know where to look. To help you get the most out of what we have to offer, I'm setting up this Curious Cosmos Handbook zine to house some how-tos and tutorials for using the site.
Here's what we'll be covering, and a rough timeline on when those how-tos will be made:
- Creating and setting up a Dimension (September)
- Creating and setting up a Zine/Blog (September)
- Using the points system (September)
- How account upgrades work (September)
If there are other things you'd like to see explained, leave a comment here and I'll see what we can do.
9/12/2020: Fires in the Pacific Northwest are causing super bad air quality here and we're keeping an eye on whether we have to evacuate or anything. All ok, nothing dangerous just an air quality of over 400. Will work on the how-to videos when its safe to be in the garage for a while.