Tag Archives: 17th Century

1675: Lightning

Francisque Millet: Mountain Landscape with Lightning (c. 1675)

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1665: Pyrophylaciorum

Systema Ideale Pyrophylaciorum Suberraneorum, quorum montes Vulcanii, veluti spiracula quaedam existant, an illustration from Athanasius Kircher’s 1665 Mundus Subterranous.

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1682: A Black Cloud of Strange Appearance

At Lynn, Mass., one evening in 1682, after the sun had set, and darkness had begun to throw its pall over the land, a man by the name of Handford went out of doors to ascertain if the new moon … Continue reading

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2001: Nothing But Black Space

In a 2001 study, Tim and Virginia Kasser analyzed the dreams of people who had been assessed as either highly materialistic or non-materialistic. They asked the participants to share “the two most meaningful, memorable, or powerful dreams they remembered in … Continue reading

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1660: Theory

The 17th century Dutch minister Johan Picard spent several years in Drenthe, where he became interested in the ancient stone structures that could still be seen in the area.  His research eventually led to the publication of his book A … Continue reading

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1620: History of Rainbows

The 1620 edition of Francis Bacon’s Novum Organum contains a plan for a collective work containing all world knowledge “made to the scale of the universe”: For the world is not to be circumscribed within the narrow confines of the … Continue reading

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1690: Dance of the Rats

Ferdinand Van Kessel: The Dance of the Rats (1690)

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