Takeaways

  1. Obsessives (who actively elevate culture) and amateurs (who have limited cultural attention) have an outsized impact on what history eventually considers “significant” culture.
  2. If mankind can believe something false for 2000 years (e.g. gravity), we shouldn’t assume our current “truths” will endure.
  3. Society is uncomfortable identifying specific truths that will be disproven, even if they agree with the inevitability of collective wrongness.